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California construction accidents: Man impaled after fall

There are a variety of different injuries that could occur in the workplace. As a result, state and federal regulations attempt to ensure that employers maintain a safe workplace. Despite these measures, construction accidents still occur. For example, one construction worker in California suffered serious injuries after a fall.

The incident happened one afternoon on a day in early June. The 27-year-old man was reportedly walking on a catwalk as construction crews performed work on a water tank. Reports indicate that the man fell from the catwalk and was impaled when he landed on a fence.

Reports indicate that the fence post had been removed before medical crews arrived. The man was taken by helicopter for medical treatment where he underwent a surgery that lasted nine hours. While his initial prognosis was grim, he exceeded doctors' expectations by surviving the first night after surgery. The incident is currently under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The organization typically has up to six months to complete an investigation.

The treatment that the man would require as a result of the serious injuries he suffered in the fall will likely result in expensive medical bills. Because victims of construction accidents should not have to worry about whether they can afford the treatment needed to recover from a serious accident, California requires that employees provide workers' compensation insurance coverage for employees. Such benefits compensate injured workers -- or the families of deceased workers -- for medical bills and lost wages. To ensure fair and efficient compensation, many people seek an experienced professional to guide them through the compensation process.

Source: Milpitas, CA Patch, "Worker Recovering After Impaling Accident In Milpitas", Susan C. Schena, June 9, 2015

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