A helicopter flew over the scene of a building collapse earlier this week, taking video that showed neat rows of horizontal steel beams lying on the ground of a college campus. Six workers were injured when the indoor practice facility under construction gave way.
The Columbus CEO reported that three of the injured workers were hospitalized in good condition and that three others had been released. A construction worker blamed a crane operator for the collapse.
The Boston Globe reported that a boom rang out over the Rhode Island campus of Bryant University when the 78,000-square-foot structure collapsed.
“Some very lucky people took the ride down,” a deputy fire chief said of the workers afterwards. “They’re very lucky to be alive.”
Though authorities did not pinpoint a cause of the incident in which the steel frame and rafters came down, a worker said the crane operator must have pulled a beam too far in an attempt to correct a tilt.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was at the private college after Tuesday’s incident to launch an investigation. While inquiries of this type can take months to complete, we already know that the workers were indeed fortunate to escape with so little damage.
The incident serves as another illustration of the dangers of construction work. As we pause this Labor Day weekend to recognize the achievements of American workers, let’s remember that part of what makes this country great is a system in which we don’t abandon injured workers. We give them a hand back up with medical care and wage replacement.
If those benefits are denied to you after a Columbus workplace injury, you can speak with an attorney experienced in BWC appeals. A skilled lawyer can help ensure that you get the benefits you deserve and that your family needs.