Workplace accidents can occur in any industry, although they are more likely to occur in more dangerous situations, such as logging, mining or on construction sites. The last thing that West Virginia workers expect when they arrive at work in the morning is that they will be injured before the end of the day. Unfortunately, one of West Virginia's recent workplace accidents claimed the lives of three men and injured two others.
Recently, a cell phone tower in West Virginia gave way while four subcontractors were working on it. A firefighter who was on scene attempted to unhook one of the contractors from the tower but was struck with debris from a second tower collapsing. He was transported for medical treatment, but passed away later due to sustained injuries.
Two of the four workers died as a result of the collapse. The other two subcontractors, along with a second firefighter, were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. All three were considered to have non-life threatening injuries.
OSHA is now investigating the collapse of these two cell phone towers. They are concerned with the increase of injuries and fatalities at similar work sites. In fact, the number of incidents recently are said to be greater than the previous two years together.
Workplace accidents are unfortunately not uncommon across the nation and can lead to unexpected expenses. Injured workers have a right to file for workers' compensation benefits so they are not unfairly burdened. Further, injured workers and families of deceased victims may have legal options available to them to recover monetary damages as a result of workplace accidents, if a third party was involved in some way.
Source: wowktv.com, Update: Three Dead, Two Injured After Cell Tower Collapse, Jeff Schrock, Feb. 1, 2014