Posted On: September 24, 2010 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Yale University Construction Injury Accident Caused by Beam Collapse

For the second time in a month, workers were injured at the same construction site. On September 13, a beam fell from about 30 feet, injuring four workers. The site is at Yale University, where they are building a chiller power plant.

According to this article on, one worker was pinned under the beam and suffered serious injuries.

It is concerning that last month there was an incident at the same site in which a worker was injured and The Occupational Safety Health Administration will conduct an investigation. Construction is a dangerous profession and, in 2007, it accounted for 1,178 on-the-job deaths. It had the most fatalities of any industry sector that year. Although the number of fatalities in construction decreased by 16 % in 2009, workers in construction still had the most fatal injuries of any industry.

The University construction worker, and any employee injured on the job, may want to contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can carefully examine the incident to identify any negligence or wrongdoing. Although employers are often to blame when an employee is injured on the job, these types of injuries can also be caused by a third party, such as a subcontractor, or the manufacturers of a defective product. A third-party claim is usually worth more than the average workers’ compensation case and will help injured workers recover compensation for medical bills, physical therapy, loss of livelihood and more.

If you have been injured in a construction accident in Pennsylvania, you may have a potential workers’ compensation claim. The Philadelphia construction accident injury lawyers at Cherry, Fieger, & Marciano offer a free consultation and a comprehensive case evaluation to injured workers and their families.