Four workers were injured in Philadelphia this week when part of a building under construction collapsed. The construction accident occurred Tuesday afternoon at a building in the Feltonville section of the city that is the future home of the Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit.
Members of the Philadelphia Fire Department arrived at the scene minutes after receiving the call. They were able to assist all four people trapped inside to safety. The four injured workers were taken to nearby hospitals for what firefighters described as back and neck pain. None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening.
According to the fire department, the roof line on the building collapsed for reasons that are unknown. It is likely that an investigation will be conducted to help determine the cause of the collapse. The building is located on the 300 block of East Hunting Park Avenue and there is currently no completion date for the project.
The workers who were injured in the building collapse will likely be able to submit workers' competition claims to help cover the costs of medical treatment, lost wages and any other costs relating to the accident. However, workers' compensation benefits are not always easy to secure. Oftentimes, injured workers need attorneys to fight for their rights during the workers' compensation claims process.
Under state law, injured workers must immediately report their injuries to their immediate supervisor, their employer as well as to the third party administrator (TPA), or workers' compensation insurer. The worker's immediate supervisor then must complete an injury report and inform the TPA within two to five days of the accident, depending on the type of injuries that were sustained.
From there, workers' compensation negations will begin. Because insurance companies frequently push back, claims are often denied. When this happens, injured workers can fight back with an appeal or lawsuit.
Source: NBC 10 Philadelphia, "Future Philly SVU Headquarters Collapse," Lauren DiSanto and Dan Stamm, Jan. 29, 2013