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Masonry worker injured at Georgia college dorm construction site

A masonry worker who was building a new elevator shaft was critically injured on July 17. The man was working at the site of a new dormitory at the College of Coastal Georgia when the accident occurred.

The victim reportedly slipped through the elevator shaft face from the scaffolding floor on which he was standing, falling some 20 feet down. He had been working on the site along with a group employed by S & W Masonry, which is located in Forest Park.

S & W Masonry is a sub-contractor for Choate Construction Co. The chief operating officer of Choate said that work was suspended for the remainder of the day following the accident so that it could be investigated. According to the executive, the company is responsible for filing an accident report with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration within 24 hours of an incident.

The worker was airlifted to Jacksonville's Shands Hospital after the fall. He was reported to be in critical condition. However, the exact nature of his injuries was not described. He reportedly landed on his feet and was even talking with his colleagues as well as paramedics after the fall. The Choate COO said that a co-worker said that because the victim was "very small," he was able to slip "between the platform and the actual building."

Sometimes, the determination of whether a construction accident could have been prevented is not immediately obvious. That's why OSHA investigates these accidents. It's essential for victims and their families to get all of the facts so that they can determine who can and should be held responsible for workers' compensation claims and other benefits to which they may be entitled. These can be crucial to helping a worker support his or her family while unable to work and getting the necessary medical care and rehabilitation.

Source: The Brunswick News, "Construction worker critically injured on college campus," Donna Stillinger, July 18, 2015

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