According to a story in the Hartford Courant, a construction worker suffered critical injuries on Thursday, June 2, at a Hartford Hospital work site at 31 Seymour Street. The worker fell when a “rolling scaffold” separated from the building, according to an assistant area director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The scaffolding collapse occurred sometime before 10:45 a.m. The 47-year-old man fell an estimated 61 feet, although witnesses said he was still able to move after the fall. A fellow worker told reporters he didn’t see the scaffolding collapse, but he heard a loud noise followed by the sound of sirens.
OSHA, Hartford Hospital and the construction contractor are all investigating the incident, according to a hospital spokesperson. She expressed gratitude to all of those that reacted quickly to the serious situation.
Although every workplace accident is unique, contractors and others involved in construction projects have a responsibility under state and federal laws to maintain a safe workplace. When they do not, they may violate worker’s compensation and personal injury laws. Workers are potentially compensated for time away from work and other losses.
If you or a family member suffers an injury at work, it is possible to speak with a scaffolding accident lawyer about the matter. Our firm provides such a consultation at no cost to you. We fight hard to preserve the full legal rights of our clients. To learn more about our legal services, or to arrange for a visit, please contact us.