Posted On: December 27, 2008 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Atlanta bridge collapse kills worker, injures 18

One worker was killed and at least 18 others were injured last week when a walkway being built to give visitors breathtaking views of the Atlanta Botanical Garden suddenly collapsed. It sent workers plummeting dozens of feet to the forest below. Contractors were pouring concrete on the “canopy walk,” which climbed as high as 40 feet, when it gave way.

According to this article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the injured workers were on top of the bridge when it collapsed. Although a nearby park was filled with joggers and others, only laborers were at the scene when the bridge gave way.

According to the article, workers were doing concrete work at the time, but authorities had few details of what caused the collapse. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said four federal investigators were looking into it.

The garden’s Web site describes the skyway as the “only canopy level pathway of its kind in the U.S.” Rising to four stories high, it was to be supported by a system of cable wires in the 30-acre garden.

Many of the injured workers suffered injuries to their spines, backs and arms. Some were “potentially debilitating.”

A hospital spokeswoman said seven were sent to intensive care, most with brain and spinal injuries.

The building was led by Hardin Construction Co.

Any worker who has sustained an injury arising out of and in the course of their employment has a potential workers' compensation claim. The injury can occur while traveling on business, doing a work-related errand, attending a required business-related social function, or even while on a break or using restroom facilities and you are still legally covered by workers compensation. Some types of workers' compensation injures include construction injuries, repetitive stress to a body part, and environmental hazards.

By law, it is required that every company in Pennsylvania carry Worker's Compensation Insurance in the case an employee is injured on the job, becomes ill due to circumstances surrounding their job or even if death results from their job. Any worker who has sustained an injury arising out of and in the course of their employment has a potential workers' compensation claim. Some types of workers' compensation injures include construction injuries, repetitive stress to a body part, and environmental hazards.

The families of the injured workers are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits through the workers’ employer, Hardin Construction Co.

Whether your injury was a simple slip and fall, or involves serious injuries and property damage, Cherry, Fieger & Marciano can help you. Our dedicated and experienced PA work injury lawyers will do everything possible to get the monetary compensation that is owed to you to help pay for medical bills, physical therapy, loss of work and more.