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Construction worker falls five stories, suffers job site injury

A construction worker was recently injured after he suffered a five-story fall while at a work site. After his fall, the man was partially impaled on steel rebar, authorities say. When Tennessee workers suffer a job site injury, they are legally entitled to file a workers' compensation claim for benefits.

Authorities say the incident occurred in a building that was under renovation on a recent Wednesday in January. The victim plummeted some 50 feet down a shaft in the 12-story building around 8:25 a.m. The worker landed on -- and was impaled by -- four pieces of steel rebar at the base of the shaft.

According to a witness at the scene, pieces of the rebar pierced the man's thigh, abdomen, back, groin and buttock. The worker was rushed to a local hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. The Building Commissioner says that the victim fell off a ladder while he was installing sheet rock onto a ceiling frame. The preliminary investigation conducted by the Buildings Department revealed that the victim had not been equipped with the proper safety gear when the accident occurred -- this gear should have included a harness or a way of covering the open shaft, a source from the agency said.

When construction workers suffer a job site injury, they may be unable to return to work for a lengthy amount of time. Fortunately, the victims of these injuries are legally entitled to be compensated for the total cost of all financial losses that they incurred as a result of the incident. This includes missed work, medical bills and rehabilitation needs. As do all other Tennessee workers, construction workers and victims of construction accidents deserve a total recovery, both physically and financially.

Source: nydailynews.com, "Construction worker impaled on steel bars after a five-story fall in Flatiron building", Ryan Sit, Greg B. Smith, Graham Rayman, Jan. 27, 2016

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