Oct. 17, 2012
A 50-year-old man from Indianapolis sustained serious injuries as the result of an accident last week. The Indianapolis Star reports the incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of West 16th Street and North Senate Avenue on the campus of the Indiana University School of Medicine downtown.
The man was a part of a work crew from Wittenburg Construction hired to excavate an area around the neuroscience building. The victim was roughly 20 feet below the grounds surface when a falling object from the building suddenly struck him. Rescue crews rushed the injured man to a local hospital to receive treatment for head and neck injuries.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently called the construction industry the fourth most dangerous line of work in the United States. Their numbers showed the industry was responsible for the deaths of 721 workers last year alone, while 8.9 workers per 100,000 reported serious injuries. Contact with objects and equipment accounted for roughly 15 percent of the accidents in the construction industry that same year.
The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart understand the dangers construction workers face each day and would encourage anyone who has been injured on a construction site at no fault of their own to evaluate their Indianapolis workers’ compensation options with a qualified attorney as soon as possible.