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Construction accidents: New York worker falls down elevator shaft

There are plenty of risky jobs that individuals take part in every day. Unfortunately, these jobs can often lead to serious incidents that result in workers suffering severe injuries. Construction accidents are common events that could have such outcomes. If an individual is injured due to this type of accident, the repercussions could result in substantial hardships. 

It was recently reported that a construction worker in New York was injured while on the job. The man was apparently an elevator mechanic and fell down an elevator shaft.  As he fell, he broke through timber planks that were being used to block the open shaft. He came to a stop at the bottom of the shaft. According to reports, the man fell seven stories.

Two workers also on the scene jumped in to help the man. They initially feared the worst and suspected the man might have died as a result of the incident. However, after paramedics arrived at the scene, the man showed signs of life. Reports stated that the man had started working on the site only the day before the accident.

As this case shows, construction accidents can be extremely harrowing events. Though it was unclear what exact injuries the man suffered, he was undoubtedly seriously affected by the incident. As a result, he may qualify for workers' compensation benefits that could assist him with lost wages and medical expenses. Information on these benefits may help him better understand how to go about potentially obtaining workers' comp, and further assistance from an experienced New York attorney may be worth considering.

Source: New York Daily News, "Construction worker badly injured after he falls seven stories down elevator shaft at Brooklyn site", Mary Mcdonnell and Graham Rayman, Nov. 1, 2016

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