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Scaffolding fall leads to worker's injuries

An on-the-job accident can easily occur even when a worker thinks he or she is being cautious on the job in North Carolina. In another state, one construction worker was recently hurt at a construction job site. Specifically, the injuries occurred as a result of a scaffolding fall.

The workplace accident happened on a Wednesday morning underneath a bridge located over a creek. According to authorities, a man was working on some scaffolding at around 10:30 a.m. All of a sudden, he fell an estimated 15 feet from the scaffolding.

The man ended up landing on some of the creek bed's rocks underneath the bridge. He was conscious after the fall and was able to speak with emergency workers, who raised him 35 feet from the ground to the level of the street by utilizing a stokes basket. The man was then transported to a trauma center.

Most companies in the state of North Carolina are required to buy workers' compensation insurance, which provides benefits to workers who are hurt on the job -- for instance, in a scaffolding fall. There are a couple of benefits to this type of insurance, with the first being that it enables employees who have been hurt at work to receive benefits no matter who was at fault in their accidents. In addition, these workers' employers are protected from being sued by their workers. An individual who has suffered injuries or even fallen ill in the workplace has the right to pursue legal guidance in an effort to obtain the maximum amount of benefits -- including a portion of his or her wages and any necessary medical treatments -- to which he or she is entitled.

Source:, "Worker injured in fall from Easton bridge", Matt Coughlin, July 27, 2016

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