Most people who work hundreds of feet in the air are situated in office buildings where they can view the outside world from a safe distance. But for the people responsible for keeping that view clear by cleaning the windows, the distance can be dangerous. When Alabama window washers, construction workers, and other physical laborers are injured, a personal injury attorney can assist with a workers' comp claim.
Even for employees with "safe" office jobs, accidents can take place. But as one window washer recently experienced, a fall from 13 stories up can be serious. The man, who was cleaning the Children's of Alabama hospital, fell when he stepped onto a platform outside the building. His safety equipment malfunctioned, and failed to save him from falling.
Although his gear didn't keep him from falling, it slowed his descent significantly and the man landed into freshly planted bushes and mulch that helped to break his fall. The window washer was conscious after the incident and was taken to the hospital, where he is recovering.
The construction firm that the man worked for is working to ensure, "the highest safety practices are in place." A spokesperson said that, "Our foremost concern is the health and well-being of our co-worker."
In instances such as this, the injured employee may be liable for workers' compensation benefits that would allow him to seek the medical attention he needs to heal. Although many workplace accidents aren't this extreme, if you were injured on the job speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney is the best way to work toward the compensation you need so that you can get back to work as soon as possible.
Source: The Washington Post, "Window washer survives 13-story plunge from hospital tower in Ala.; landed in bushes, mulch," April 13, 2012