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Work accident on rail project injures two construction workers

Any type of construction work in California and across the country can be dangerous for the workers. This is true whether it is a project overseen in the private sector or the public sector. A work accident does not discriminate based on who is paying for it and what it is for. Those who are injured in an accident on the job should know that they are entitled to receive workers' compensation, have their medical treatment paid for and get other benefits. If there is a problem with getting these benefits, it is essential to understand the importance of having legal help after workplace injuries.

The California High-Speed Rail that is being constructed halted work after an accident. Steel fell and pinned two workers underneath it. The accident occurred in the early afternoon at around 2:30 p.m. when emergency crews were called. The workers were working near a steel reinforcement beam known as a "rebar" when the rebar collapsed. Numerous emergency crews arrived to help. The men were freed and taken to the hospital for treatment. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening and they were kept at the hospital to make certain they were not seriously hurt. One has a fractured back. Multiple investigations, including by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, will be undertaken.

Although construction accidents are one of the most frequently cited incidents injuring workers, anyone can suffer a workplace injury anytime no matter what type of work they do. This can be due to an impact, a cumulative effect injury or a freak mishap. There are a seeming endless number of ways to be injured at work, but the aftereffects can be problematic for everyone. There can be missed time at work, long-term damage, lost wages and more. While workers' compensation is in place to protect employees, there can also be issues with getting what is owed. If there is a disagreement as to the injury's severity, time limit mistakes, filing errors or other disputes, it might be necessary to have legal help.

Two men working construction were injured and hospitalized as they worked on the California HSR. Despite the statements that they are not severely hurt, the true scope of their injuries and how it will affect them personally and professionally over the long-term is not yet known. They should protect themselves by discussing a case with a legal professional as soon as possible.

Source:, "Two HSR construction workers injured after rebar collapses," Dennis Valera, Nov. 18, 2017

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