In California and across the country, when a worker is injured on the job, it is common for co-workers to stop and do what they can to help the victim. Sometimes work resumes quickly after a bandage or ice pack is proffered, or a ride to a medical center is arranged for stitches or the resetting of a bone. When workplace injuries are more serious, however, co-workers may find themselves pulled from their jobs and witnessing a fight for survival.
While the circumstances surrounding a recent workplace accident are not clear, the victim was inside his truck cab while the trailer was elevated from its base. For unknown reasons, the cab of the truck swung around to the side, causing the trailer full of sand to roll on top of it and trap the man inside. The man was entrapped for nearly an hour while rescue workers struggled to free him. Fortunately, paramedics managed to insert an IV so the man could receive fluids while they worked to extricate him.
Although he was alert when fire, police and medical crews finally freed him from the mangled truck, his injuries were life threatening, and one limb required a tourniquet. He was transported by helicopter to a hospital and underwent emergency surgery. His condition is unknown at this time.
The 63-year-old man may find that his workplace injuries make it impossible to continue as a truck driver. If this is the case, he will need to make sure he receives every dollar of workers' compensation he is due. When people in California suffer critical injuries on the job, they often seek the help of an attorney who will fight for their rights to benefits. Having a lawyer to deal with the insurance company means the injured worker can focus on healing and recovery.
Source: wacotrib.com, "Police:Waco industrial worker severely injured in Lorena accident", Kristin Hoppa, Nov. 29, 2016