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Worker suffers crushing injuries in roof collapse in Bucks County

After a recent roof collapse at a Bucks County construction site, rescuers reportedly toiled for an hour to remove an injured worker from the wreckage. The man suffered crushing injuries, and he was taken by air to Temple University Hospital for treatment.

Township officials and investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were reportedly dispatched to the scene, but the exact cause of the collapse remains to be announced. Video taken from a helicopter above the construction site shows extensive damage to the roof, and workers were said to have begun efforts to stabilize the structure.

Pennsylvania residents may know that construction companies and contractors are responsible for ensuring that construction sites are reasonably safe for workers. Construction work has the potential to be extremely dangerous, but workers should still expect employers to provide training and standard protections against injury.

Unfortunately, sometimes employers and their insurers take measures to deny workers' compensation to employees who have filed legitimate claims. These situations typically require legal assistance for the worker to receive the full amount of compensation for medical bills and other expenses.

The effects of a serious work-related injury often go beyond the pain of the injury itself. Aside from the burden of lost wages and high medical bills, a person who has suffered a serious work injury may find it difficult to enjoy other aspects of life, such as family events or exercise. Workers' compensation is meant to alleviate some of those burdens and help workers and families get their lives back on track after a work accident.

Source: 6 ABC Action News, "Worker injured in Bucks County building collapse," Jan. 9, 2014

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