Construction workers in Tennessee will always face safety hazards, regardless of whether they are working on skyscrapers, residential buildings or at entertainment parks. The challenge is for the construction company owner or supervisor to protect the safety and health of employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes regulations and guidelines for all industries, and compliance can prevent all construction worker injuries.
However, not all construction sites are safe, and accidents happen that could leave workers unable to return to work for long periods. A construction worker was recently airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center after an incident at Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge. Reportedly, the incident occurred on a recent Monday.
According to a report prepared by the police department, a crane hoist was used to move a wooden beam. Under circumstances that were not reported, the massive beam struck the head of a 20-year-old construction worker. The severity of the injuries and the condition of the worker were not released.
Regardless of the circumstances under which construction worker injuries occur, if they happened while the worker was on duty, he or she should be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. An attorney who has experience in dealing with the Tennessee workers' compensation system can provide valuable support and guidance with the filing of benefits claims. Coverage typically includes medical expenses along with lost wages for workers who suffered temporary disabilities. Additional benefits that include vocational rehabilitation are available for those who suffered permanent disabilities that prevent their return to their previous jobs.