Two construction workers were hospitalized after being injured by the partial collapse of a parking garage. According to a news report in The Republic, the construction accident occurred at New Jersey’s William Paterson University in Wayne. Officials have not released information regarding how the parking garage collapsed, and inspectors are trying to determine if work can resume at the 1,000-space, five-level garage. The two injured construction workers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Inspecting construction sites for potential dangers is an important part of keeping a worksite safe. When a structure collapses, it must be determined what more could have been done to prevent the accident and protect workers. This type of incident is relatively common and often fatal. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 35 workers killed in falls, slips, and trips that resulted from a collapsing structure or piece of equipment in 2012. Furthermore, 74 workers were killed during that same year after being “struck, caught, or crushed” by a collapsing structure, equipment, or material.
Even construction sites that have been properly inspected and maintained can prove dangerous. If you are hurt in a New Jersey construction accident, you will need to act quickly to protect your rights. Make sure you notify your supervisor right away about the accident. Inform him or her that you were hurt and that you intend to seek out medical attention promptly.
If you wish to receive financial compensation for your injuries, you have the right to file for New Jersey workers’ compensation benefits. A workers’ compensation claim can provide support for all of your related medical bills and a portion of your lost wages. If you were injured because of the negligence of a third party, you may be able to seek support through civil litigation as well. It is important to consider all of your legal options before making any decisions pertaining to your claim. An experienced New Jersey personal injury will be able to better advise injured workers and their families regarding their legal rights and options.