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Could This Wall Collapse Have Been Prevented?

(from BostonHerald.com)

Fire officials say a construction worker was hospitalized after part of a cinder block wall fell on top of him at a work site in Stoughton.

A slab of 15 cinder blocks fell on the 36-year-old man around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday while he was working on a scissor lift at a warehouse in Stoughton.

Fire Capt. Jackson Macomber says the victim was trying to take down the wall in small pieces when the slab, which weighed hundreds of pounds, toppled over.

The man was transported by helicopter to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. His condition is unknown, but officials say he was conscious at the scene.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration is investigating.

Could measures have been taken to prevent this wall collapse? Were proper safety precautions taken? Did the employer properly train his workers to be prepared for such a situation? Maybe even this was just a complete accident?

Whatever these circumstances might have been...the injured worker should (and will) be compensated for his injuries.

If you've been injured at work, the best thing to do is call Eric, Randy, or Sarah at 515-225-4485.

We find that nearly all of our clients are unaware of how many rights they actually have. These laws are there to protect the employee and to ensure they are properly compensated if an accident should occur.

We will go over your rights with you, and together, we will find the proper course of action to take...and then fight vigorously for your rights. We aren't concerned with your employer being upset with us...we don't represent them in any fashion...we represent YOU.

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