Building inspectors in Baltimore are investigating the cause of a recent building collapse near Camden Yards. The three-story row house crumbled on top of a worker, who was trapped beneath the rubble for several hours until firefighters were able to free him. He was taken from the scene by ambulance and was expected to recover.
It was reported that roofers working on a separate project noticed that one of the walls of the house was dangerously unstable. The roofers reportedly warned the construction crew numerous times before the entire building collapsed. Video taken by one of the roofers three hours before the accident shows one of the walls sagging away from the rest of the structure.
According to housing officials, all of the necessary permits had been obtained for the renovation project.
One official said that the preliminary investigation of the accident suggests that the collapse of the building's party wall caused the rest of the structure to cave in.
You can read more about the accident here.
If you have ever worked on a construction site, then you know that a single mistake or oversight could have devastating consequences. Too often, workers suffer injuries because of defective work equipment or an employer's failure to provide proper safety equipment.
Regardless of the cause of a work-related accident, workers who are injured in the course of their employment are entitled to workers' compensation benefits. To receive the full amount of benefits due to you, it is a good idea to have a workers' comp attorney handle the claim process and work to maximize the amount you receive.