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Construction workers' accidents: 1 dead, 1 injured in 2 incidents

Construction workers in California and nationwide have to face multiple safety risks on a daily basis. This is particularly the case in construction areas in which large mechanical equipment, such as earth-movers, are used. Two construction workers' accidents recently occurred on two consecutive days in another state.

In the first incident, a telescopic forklift -- or telehandler -- ran over a construction worker. The 44-year-old worker did not survive the accident. The following day, at a different construction site in the same area, a worker was knocked down by an earth-mover. A police report states that the earth-mover ran over the man, causing serious injuries to his leg.

Emergency workers from the fire department responded promptly and provided emergency treatment to the employee's injured leg before he was airlifted by a medevac helicopter and transported to a hospital. The severity of the injury is unknown. The injured worker was fortunate to survive the accident, but after being run over by a piece of earth-moving equipment, his injuries may be life-altering. The local police department has reportedly launched an investigation into the accidents. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified and is expected to visit the construction sites.

Victims of construction workers' accidents and the families of those who lose their lives are entitled to pursue workers' compensation benefits through the state's insurance system. In California, death benefits typically include compensation for end-of-life arrangements along with a percentage of lost wages. Injured workers are generally compensated for all medical expenses and some lost income, and when temporary or permanent disabilities are suffered, the insurance program may award additional compensation.

Source: news.worksafedocs.com, "Construction Worker Hurt in Bridgehampton Construction Incident", Robel Ramos, Feb. 20, 2016

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