Five workers were left injured as the result of a Connecticut construction accident that occurred this past week. An article from WTNH 8 News explained the incident occurred last Thursday at the University of Connecticut Health Center’s Research and Development Center in Farmington.
Reports indicate the workers were performing renovation duties on the fourth floor of the laboratories when the roof above them suddenly began to collapse. The workers did not have time to move to safety and tiles from the ceiling fell on top of them.
All five employees were taken to the University’s hospital emergency room, where they were treated for injuries sustained in the accident.
Such an accident leaves many wondering what responsibilities both employers and employees have to one another in the event of a work-related accident. The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers with Carter Mario Law Firm explains that a worker who sustains an on-the-job injury is required to report and claim the accident with the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC). They should then accept any medical treatment that is offered. The firm suggests then discussing your legal options with a qualified attorney.
The firm goes on to explain that most employers are required to carry Connecticut Workers’ Compensation insurance to cover the expenses associated with an accident. Failure to do so can result in hefty penalties. If an accident does occur, the employer should report the incident to the WCC and provide the employee with medical assistance.