An unnamed construction worker had to be airlifted on Monday, September 30th around 1:30AM after an object fell on him while working on a job site. The object, which remains unspecified, is reported to have fallen from a height of 29 feet onto the victim, pinning him against the ground.
The incident took place at a construction site located on the 8700 block of FM 2244 near the intersection with Marly Way.
Nearby crew members responded quickly and were able to free the man with the use of a rope lift and excavators. Emergency units were then able to stabilize the man and have him airlifted by STAR Flight to Dell Seton Medical Center.
The victim's injuries are known to have been critical and life-threatening, though no further updates have been released.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident.
Experienced attorney and contributor Marc Lenahan was able to share the following legal insight in regards to workplace accidents and the options available to victims:
"Falling objects are one of the greatest and most underestimated hazards on a construction site. Indeed, every individual on a site is likely to be wearing a hardhat already, but these protective measures aren't always enough.
In fact, OSHA reports that falling object accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries and death on construction sites. Evidently, even with safety standards in place, preventable and tragic incidents are still happening and workers are still getting injured.
Most can agree that a construction site is an inherently dangerous place to be. With all of the heavy machinery in use, it can quickly turn deadly. Yet, this does not mean that an injured construction worker doesn't have the right to the worker's comp system.
The truth is, just like any other employee, a construction worker has the right to file a claim if they suffered a workplace injury. This claim can be helpful in receiving a compensation that will help pay for medical bills and other expenses resulting from the accident.
Yet, the worker's comp system can be difficult to navigate, as it can deny valid claims and diminish the financial assistance received by victims and their families. This is why the help of an experienced attorney in submitting a claim can prove useful through the most trying times."