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Structural collapse sends construction worker to hospital

A man was rescued from beneath falling drywall by firefighters on the morning of Mar. 6, according to local sources. Structural collapse is an occupational hazard understood by construction workers in Iowa, and accidents of this nature are grim reminders of the dangers faced by those in the field. An investigation is underway as mandated by state law. 

The report does not include much in the way of detail, but it has been confirmed that the worker was on the fourth floor of a building when the accident occurred. Apparently, for reasons as yet unknown, a piece of unsecured drywall fell on the man, injuring him in an unspecified way. The accident is believed to have occurred around 10 a.m.

Firefighters responded to the accident, rescuing the man from beneath the drywall. They transported him down to the ground floor before taking him to a local hospital for treatment. His injuries, as mentioned, are unknown at this time. However, it does not appear as though they are life-threatening. While the report did not explicitly state this, state law dictates that OSHA be informed of the accident in order for an investigation into its cause to be launched. 

Thankfully, the structural collapse injury that occurred on the job site will likely qualify this man for workers' compensation. As in Iowa, this worker will likely be offered a compensation package that will provide a portion of his lost wages during his recovery time, as well as help with his medical expenses. Depending on the severity of his injury, he could be off work for a considerable amount of time, making this package valuable to him and any dependents.

Source:, "Firefighters rescue Denver construction worker injured by falling drywall", Deb Stanley, Mar. 6, 2015

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