Two Florida utility workers, contractors with Utility Services Corp., were rescued last week after they became trapped in an empty water tower. CNN reports that the workers were performing maintenance on the water tower when their scaffolding failed and they plunged 30 feet to the bottom of the tower.
It took fire rescuers almost five hours to lower the injured men 160 feet and transport them to the hospital. The workers’ supervisor notified emergency personnel of the incident after he received a call from one of the workers.
The workers consisted of a 22-year-old Latino man and a 33-year-old Tongan. The Latino worker suffered a spinal injury and had no sensation in his lower body when he was lowered from the tower. The 33-year-old suffered a broken hip.
The results of a workplace injury and potential permanent disability can be life altering, as can work related deaths or illnesses. You have the right to compensation and medical treatment under the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act.
The Strom Law Firm, LLC understands the impact that a work-related injury or death has upon you and your loved ones. The most important thing you need to focus on is a speedy recovery. You need an advocate who will seek justice on your behalf. Contact one of the workers comp attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights. 866-490-2847.