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Construction worker falls 30 feet, suffers only minor injuries

A common type of workplace injury is falls. That is because one can slip and fall in any work environment, though falls are of course more dangerous in some environments than others. On Monday, a worker in Jackson County, Michigan, fell about 30 feet inside a water tower. Fortunately, and somewhat shockingly, his injuries were fairly minor.

It appears that he suffered only a dislocated wrist and bruises. He was expected to leave the hospital the very next day following the workplace accident.

The man was working to take apart the water tower at the time of the fall and it appears that work is now suspended. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration is on the scene investigating the tower to see what can be learned about the accident.

The investigation could take up to two weeks, according to a news report.

The injured worker's employer has said it did everything it could to keep the worksite safe.

The man fell while he was working to remove the top of the tower's elevated tank. The brace that his safety harness was tied to reportedly gave way.

It is unclear why the brace gave way. It could be speculated that it was defective or old and needed to be replaced.

Regardless of who is at fault for this accident, injured workers are generally able to obtain workers' compensation benefits to cover medical expenses and time spent off the job recovering. Workers' compensation benefits are available regardless of who is at fault for the workplace injury. However, if it turns out that negligence on the part of someone other than the employer caused this dangerous fall, it may be possible for the worker to pursue a third-party personal injury claim to hold that party accountable.

Source: MLive, "Man who fell inside water tower expected to soon leave hospital; occupational health, safety administration investigating," Danielle Salisbury, Dec. 18, 2012

  • Workers' compensation law is very complicated here in Michigan. More information about these claims is available on our Ann Arbor law firm's Workplace Injury page.

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