A man was recently flown to a hospital after a section of a block wall collapsed on him. The accident occurred out of state on a recent Tuesday morning while he was at work in a warehouse, fire officials said. In Tennessee, when a job site injury like this occurs to a construction worker, an individual is typically entitled to file a workers' compensation claim for benefits.
Around 7:40 a.m., the 36-year-old man was standing on a scissor lift that was raised several feet into the air, working on renovating the warehouse. He was in the process of dismantling a cinder block wall by taking it down in smaller sections when a large slab of the wall toppled over, according to a fire official. Around 15 blocks comprised the slab which fell on top of the man and the mortar-bound blocks weighed hundreds of pounds, the fire official estimated.
When rescue officials arrived at the scene, the lift was lowered and that portion of the wall was removed. The man was still lying on the lift and was conscious, but details of his condition beyond that were not available. He was taken by helicopter to a local medical center in Boston, but his current condition has yet to be released.
While the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration continues to investigate this tragic accident, the construction worker might be faced with mounting medical bills as well as not being able to return to work for an extended amount of time. Fortunately, when workers suffer a job site injury, they are typically entitled to file for workers' compensation benefits. Successfully filed, the disbursement of these benefits can be used to ameliorate some of the financial setbacks that are often incurred as a result of being involved in an accident like this. When accidents like these happen to Tennessee workers, they typically consult an experienced workers' compensation lawyer for assistance in helping them through the process of filing a claim.
Source: The Boston Globe, "Part of wall falls on man at Stoughton construction site", Sarah Roberts, Dec. 22, 2015