Earlier this morning, a 45-year-old Philadelphia man suffered serious personal injuries when a garbage truck crashed into a truck-mounted construction crane at a Center City work site. It was about 8 a.m. when the truck collided with the crane’s boom at the 4th and Market Street construction site, sending a heavy load of bricks tumbling to the ground. The Philadelphia construction accident injured one man, knocking him unconscious. The man was transported to the trauma unit at Jefferson University Hospital.
According to the U.S. Bureau of labor statistics, one in 10 Philadelphia construction workers are injured in job-related accidents each year. More than 150,000 U.S. workers are injured on construction sites every year and nearly 1,000 of them die from their injuries. Read about it here. Construction parts and materials account for the greatest number of accidents, followed closely by falls and equipment mishaps. Cranes are considered the single most dangerous piece of equipment on construction sites.
The bulk of Philadelphia construction injuries cause damage to the worker’s trunk or back and can be debilitating, leaving the worker incapacitated for the rest of his life. Costly for both workers and their employers, construction site injuries force workers to miss at least 31 days of work and account for 15% of all workers’ compensation payments. But this represents only a small part of the total cost to workers and their families when construction accidents cause incapacitating injuries.
Severe Philadelphia construction accidents can leave injured workers with chronic pain and life-long disabilities. The worker and his family can face a lifetime of doctors’ bills, rehabilitation and physical therapy expenses and prescription medication costs. Loss of income and medical costs can take a serious financial and emotional toll on workers and their families. If you have been injured in a construction accident, ask an expert Pearce Law Firm attorney to review your case.