A Greensboro, North Carolina work accident injured three men at the University of North Carolina after they were struck by stucco falling from a ceiling, Channel 12 reported. The three employees were renovating a dorm room at the time of the accident.
Workers who are renovating older buildings, particularly in schools or apartments, face a number of hazards. Asbestos is a common material used in older buildings, which has been linked to lung disease and cancer, including mesothelioma. Workplace falls and being struck by falling debris or equipment are also common work injuries during building renovations. Employees who are injured on the job should contact a North Carolina workers’ compensation attorney to ensure a claim is properly filed. Frequently, complications can arise from a work accident, or the extent of an injury is not immediately known. Failing to file a claim, or not properly filing a claim, can seriously impact the financial well-being of you and your family in the event you become disabled or are not able to continue to work as a result of an injury suffered while on the job.
In this case, all three employees were taken to the hospital and one may have suffered a broken leg.
The News-Record reported that only two of the employees were transported to the hospital.
According to the school, the renovations to the Guilford and Mary Foust residence halls have been ongoing since early spring. The buildings were constructed in 1927. Improvements include remodeling bathrooms, replacing all windows, installation of a new sprinkler system and upgrading fire alarms.
The Occupations Health & Safety Administration has been called in to investigate the accident.
The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Law Offices of Lee & Smith represent clients injured in work accidents throughout North Carolina, including Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro. Call today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.