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Workers injured in building collapse prior to demolition

Workers in Columbus, Ohio that work in construction or building demolitions certainly know the hazards of the job, but nobody ever expects it to happen to them. A Columbus, Ohio man is one of three workers involved in a workplace accident after a building scheduled to be demolished by crews collapsed. The man was rescued by firefighters and was treated for leg injuries at Mount Carmel West.

The building in question was being used as a giant cooler by the T. Marzetti Company. Two workers were on the roof of the building, while a third worker was being raised to the roof via a crane basket, when the collapse began. When the building collapsed, the man inside the basket fell 35 feet into the building wreckage but thankfully managed to climb out. The second worker was able to climb down a rescue ladder.

The remaining worker was pinned by a roofing element and ended up dangling from a roof beam upside down. The man was soon rescued by firefighters using the ladder as well. He sustained leg injuries, while his co-workers escaped the scene unscathed. The three men worked for the company that was responsible for the building demolition.

It is not yet known what caused the accident and whether negligence may be attributed to the parties or if this was a danger associated with this specific demolition assignment. Fortunately for workers injured while on-the-job, workers' compensation can be provided so that injured personnel can focus on regaining their health and not having to worry about the stress of a loss of income while they are off of work.

Source: The Columbus Dispatch, "Man injured in Franklinton building collapse," Kathy Lynn Gray, Sep 29, 2011

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