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Scaffolding collapse leads to workplace injuries

Six workers are lucky to be alive following a scaffolding collapse at an out-of-state job site, according to local news sources. All six individuals suffered workplace injuries as a result of the accident, which is currently under investigation by authorities. As is the case here in Iowa, the injured workers will likely be entitled to workers' compensation insurance coverage to support them through their recovery. 

The huge collapse happened in a downtown locale where workers were working on the construction of a luxury apartment building. Witnesses reported hearing a "crack and boom" noise shortly after 11 a.m. at which point part of the wall seemed to let go. This caused the scaffolding to collapse. 

Of the roughly 200 workers on the scene at the time of the accident, just the six mentioned in the media report were injured by the collapse. They were all rushed to local hospitals for treatment, and their injuries have been described as significant but not life-threatening. Remaining portions of the scaffolding have since been secured by fire crews on the scene, and the local branch of Occupational Safety and Health Administration is in the process of investigating the incident.

In Iowa and elsewhere throughout the country, when construction workers are injured on the job, OSHA is ultimately responsible for determining the cause of the accident and ensuring appropriate security measures are in place to prevent further incidences from occurring. In the meantime, the workers suffering workplace injuries will be entitled to pursue claims for workers' comp benefits. This could take the form of financial compensation for time off work, as well as for medical costs and related expenses. 

Source: abc13.com, "New video shows scaffolding collapse that injured 6 workers in downtown Houston", Oct. 17, 2015

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