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Man suffers work injury on river construction project

A construction site on a river development project nearly turned fatal on the morning of Dec. 1, according to sources local to the project. Iowa residents will be pleased to hear the work injury suffered by a 51-year-old man did not prove fatal. Additionally, mechanics are in place to help cover the man's medical expenses as he recovers from his harrowing experience. 

Details are sketchy as of this report, but it has been confirmed that a crane weighing some several thousand pounds somehow collapsed on the site. It fell and pinned the worker beneath it as rescue crews tried to extract him. After some time had passed, firefighters were able to free the man from the wreck, though he suffered critical injuries as a result of the crash. 

He was airlifted to a local hospital, and emergency crews administered life support to him on the way. He is said to still be in critical condition, but has thankfully not succumbed to his injuries. In accordance with applicable law, the local branch of OSHA will have been informed of the accident and will doubtless conduct an investigation in association with the overseeing body of the construction site. 

A work injury of this severity has the capacity to end a career for a construction worker if the injuries prove complicated enough to cause permanent damage. Iowa residents who work in this dangerous field understand the risks inherent to the job but require support in case the very real danger of a workplace accident befalls them. Workers' compensation is in place to help cover medical fees and lost wages while a worker recovers from such an injury, as will likely be the case for the injured man in this report. 

Source: dailyherald.com, "Construction worker hurt on Fox River", Dec. 1, 2014

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