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Ohio building collapse injures two demolition workers

A building collapsed in Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 29, leaving two demolition workers with workplace injuries and leaving another dangling in the air by just one leg. Workers and rescue personnel described a chaotic scene when the building, located at 50 N. Glenwood Ave., suddenly began to crumble while two men were on the roof.

One of the men ended up with his leg trapped under the rubble, and was taken to Mount Carmel West Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition with injuries to his leg. Another worker was treated at the scene. Fortunately the site was right behind a fire station, which allowed for a quick response time. It likely prevented the death or severe injury of the man left hanging upside down by one leg in the safety harness he was wearing at the time. There were six men at the site at the time of the collapse.

The building, owned by the Marzetti Co., was used to store frozen pies and was scheduled for a two-day demolition. The Ohio Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be conducting an investigation at the site, and the federal Occupation Safety and Health Administration is also expected to investigate. Crews at the scene were unsure of what caused the building to collapse, but suggested there might have been a problem with one of the cranes being used for the demolition.

While demolition work is a dangerous job, no one should be expected to bear the costs of recovery from a catastrophic workplace accident alone. While workers' compensation is available to most people injured on the job, an experienced attorney may be able to help you sort through the legal and bureaucratic complexities in attaining your compensation.

Source: ABC 6, "Workers hurt in building mishap," A.J. Ross, Sept. 29, 2011

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