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.