Search-And-Rescue Crews Continue Working To Recover All Unaccounted Personnel
The New Orleans Fire and Police Departments responded on the morning of Saturday, October 12th to the collapse of numerous floors at the construction site of the unfinished Hard Rock Hotel near Canal St. and N. Rampart St. A construction crane also came down, damaging buildings in the area.
At this time, two victims have been reported as deceased, while a third, identified as Anthony “Tony” Magrette, is still missing. A total of 30 additional workers were injured, though only one of them had to undergo surgery. All others who were hospitalized have now been released.
New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell indicated that search-and-rescue teams will continue working until all missing personnel are accounted for. Mayor Cantrell has also echoed this, stating that only after search-and-rescue is exhausted will investigations into the cause of the collapse begin.
The Hard Rock Hotel construction, which was scheduled to be completed in 2020, was contracted out to Citadel Builders of Metairie, LA.
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Laurence Banville, and experienced attorney at BanvilleLaw.com and contributor to Legal Herald, offered the following insight for victims of construction accidents:
“The federal supervising body of all workplace injuries commonly known as OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) reports that construction workers are one of the most at-risk employees, given that 1 of every 5 workplace deaths occurs in the construction industry.
Most people understand that construction work can be dangerous, but it’s difficult to comprehend how dangerous it is without learning of the hard numbers and facts. The previous statistic offers some perspective in this regard.
So, what are the options available to construction workers who suffer injuries while on-the-job?
Well, as with any employee, construction workers are protected by the worker’s compensation system. If they suffer any kind of injury at work, they can file a claim and if successful, the claim will reward the worker with benefits that cover medical expenses resulting from the injury.
If a construction accident is worse than a treatable injury, such as when a construction worker is killed on a project site, then a construction accident lawsuit can be filed.
Many consider a lawsuit to be unnecessary when their loved one is hurt or killed on a construction site, as they often believe that insurance policies will pay out generously. Unfortunately, this is often not the case.
Insurance companies hire adjusters who are work to to reduce payouts as much as possible. For this reason, the help of an experienced construction accident attorney can be vital, whether in filing a worker’s comp claim or a lawsuit, as it may be the only way for a victim and their families to receive the full compensation that they need and deserve.”
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