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Roof gives way, Bobcat plummets 30 feet, 5 injured

Construction workers in New York often have to work on areas above street level. Each time that a construction worker works from any height above the ground, special considerations must be taken to ensure that everyone in the area can remain safe. It is important to note that there are some places that construction workers have to work that might appear to be sturdy, but aren't.

A recent accident in Yonkers highlights the issue of how important it is to ensure that you have a safe work area when you are working above ground level. The accident occurred when a crew was working on a roof-top parking lot located above National Wholesale Liquidators. The crew had a Bobcat working on the parking lot when the roof gave way.

The Bobcat operator and one other worker plummeted 30 feet. Both of those workers were injured. Three other people were also harmed when the Bobcat and roof came crashing down.

All five of the injured people were taken to local hospitals. The most serious injury was noted to be a fractured hip. Everyone involved is expected to live, but this accident could have been much worse.

The cause of the roof collapse isn't known. Engineers note that removing the debris safely could take some time. Finding out the cause of this accident will be very interesting.

People who are injured in construction site accidents might choose to seek compensation for the injuries they suffer. This could be from workers' compensation or from third-party claims. Compensation could help to get the bills paid while the person who was injured heals from the injuries.

Source: Eyewitness News ABC 7, "5 hurt when Bobcat falls through Yonkers store roof," Jan. 11, 2017

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