Because of the type of equipment used, construction workers in California face the risk of serious workplace accidents. While employers can take action to protect workers, these accidents may still occur. A recent incident that happened out-of-state involved a track hoe and left a man suffering from a serious construction injury. It exemplifies the risk these workers face.
The accident happened one morning on a day in early March. According to reports, the 22-year-old male victim was an employee of Terry R. Brotherson Evacuation, a company contracted to install underground pipe. The worker was walking behind a track hoe just prior to the accident. The driver of the track hoe was reportedly unable to see the victim and began to reverse.
Unfortunately, the victim slipped in the mud, and the track hoe ran over both of his legs. Because of the muddy conditions, he was then transferred to emergency responders in a pickup truck. The injuries he suffered in the accident have been reported as significant.
Because of the construction injury, this young man will likely face a long road to recovery. In addition to hospital bills, he may be unable to return to work for a significant period of time. Unfortunately, he may not be able to work in the same capacity as before. While workers' compensation insurance benefits can help an injured worker with medical bills and lost wages, for example, many injured workers in California may have trouble negotiating with the insurance company due to their physical condition. As a result, many seek the help of an experienced professional who can guide them through the process and help them fight for fair compensation.
Source: good4utah.com, "Track Hoe Accident Leaves One Man Injured", March 1, 2016