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Fire at construction site injures 7 workers

There is no question that construction sites can be dangerous places to work. This is true regardless of the type of construction being done and the location of the project. While there are many construction sites located in the New York City area, construction accidents can occur anywhere there is such work being done.

Earlier this month, several individuals were involved in one such incident that took place on the opposite coast where a new building at a hospital is being built. The incident occurred on the seventh floor of that building in an elevator shaft. Welders were reportedly working in the shaft when a fire broke out. It apparently took less than an hour for firefighters to get the fire under control.

A total of eight individuals were injured in the incident, thankfully none of them seriously. One of the firefighters, who was at the scene to help, injured her arm. The remaining seven injured individuals, all of them construction workers, suffered smoke inhalation. Apparently only one was hurt badly enough to necessitate treatment at a hospital. While not clear, presumably that worker was able to obtain that care at the hospital where the construction was being done.

Though this did not occur in New York, such an incident easily could. Depending on the severity of injuries suffered in such an accident, it is possible that the hurt worker could seek workers’ compensation benefits. To obtain these benefits the injured worker would need to file a workers’ compensation claim.

Source: KGO-TV, “7 construction workers, firefighter hurt in SF General fire,” June 18, 2013

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