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1 in critical condition after fall-related construction accident

On Behalf of | Feb 21, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

Fall-related incidents continue to be a leading cause of injury and death in the construction industry. The outcome of a fall from even a lesser distance could run the unfortunate risk of leaving workers in North Carolina with severe injuries and facing lengthy recovery periods. A woman in another state reportedly suffered critical injuries after falling nearly 50 feet and landing on a barge during a recent construction accident.

Fall-related accident 

The incident reportedly took place on a recent Friday at the site of a construction project on a four-lane bridge. Officials say that the worker was performing tasks when she suddenly fell through a hole in the bridge and landed on a barge nearly 50 feet below. Upon arriving at the scene, emergency responders used a fireboat to reach the barge and rescue her.

Reports indicate that she was rushed to a medical facility where she remains in critical condition. An investigation into the incident is underway and officials have advised that it is unclear whether workers were even aware of the presence of a hole in the bridge before the incident occurred. Incidents of this nature remain a common concern in the construction industry and the outcome of a fall could affect a worker’s life in various ways.

Outcome of a fall

Suffering severe or permanent injuries in a construction accident can be a devastating experience. Along with any physical pain and suffering involved, the financial hardships that may arise could also place a significant strain on one’s life. Following such an incident, a person in North Carolina might choose to consult with an attorney for advice on the available options to help protect his or her financial future and assistance in preparing to navigate the subsequent process.