Two construction workers were injured on Monday afternoon after a tunnel roof collapsed in Park on a tunnel that leads to the rear casino entrance of the park.
The 30-year-old New Castle man and the 46-year-old Middletown man both fell approximately 20 feet when the roof collapsed. The Newark Post reports that both men were rushed to Christiana Hospital in Newark for treatment for their serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
Construction accidents involving a fall from a ladder or roof can implicate Occupational Safety and Health Administration laws and regulations which require safe working conditions. Although the facts of this particular construction personal injury accident in Florida are still under investigation, typical causes of construction accidents include failure by a construction company to take the appropriate measures to ensure a safe workplace.
It is unclear whether the men were wearing harness or adequate safety equipment such as helmets. Sometimes a failure to properly inspect and maintain safety equipment can lead to injuries if that equipment is defective or malfunctioning.
Other construction accidents are attributable to employee error. Negligent training, hiring or monitoring of other employees can lead to equipment malfunctioning or other dangerous situations that can injure workers. Construction accidents frequently cause serious injuries including broken bones, brain damage, spinal cord injuries, back injuries, and nerve compression, among other things.
Family members of construction workers who are killed due to an employer’s negligence may explore the possibility of pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit to compensate them for emotional distress and the financial stress of a lost wage earner.
State Police are investigating what led to the tunnel roof to collapse, which occurred approximately at 4 p.m. on Monday, the Newark Post reports.