Worker Injured By Falling Beam at Memorial Bridge

In Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a man was injured while working near the New Hampshire State Pier. The cause of the man’s injuries was due to a metal beam falling on top of him. The man suffered a serious leg injury that is non-life threatening. The man is believed to be in his 30's.

The workplace accident was a result of construction taking place near the new Memorial Bridge. The male was working on the Memorial Bridge while on the pier when the beam hit him. The beam is about 40 feet long. At around 7 PM, firefighters arrived near the pier to find the man awake. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was listed as in stable condition.

Officials are trying to determine what caused the accident and the beam to fall. Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors will be on site to further investigate what happened.

Statistics Regarding Occupational Injuries and Diseases

Workplace injuries are frequently occurring despite safety regulations and inspections. Read the following statistics from a new report on worker safety and health:
  •          In 2011, 4,693 workers were killed on the job. This statistic equates to thirteen workers dying per day
  •          Another 50,000 workers die every year due to occupational diseases, meaning an average of 137 workers die per day due to diseases acquired while working
  •          In 2011, about 3.8 million workers in all industries suffered from a work-related injury or illness
  •          There are 3.5 fatalities for every 100,000 workers

These statistics are truly unfortunate. Many people go to work believing they will come home afterwards. Sadly, many of them will not. The death of an employee does not just end a life, but affects everyone that was financially and emotionally dependent on that person.

Workers Compensation Attorneys

If you were recently injured while at the workplace, you should contact a worker’s compensation attorney. As a worker, you have numerous rights protecting your well-being and safety. A worker’s compensation attorney will not only protect your rights, but maximize your compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.