Because construction work often involves heavy equipment, operating that equipment without specialized knowledge or training may create a dangerous situation. In California, construction workers' accidents happen frequently because of poor training, and the results can be catastrophic. Recently, a man suffered serious injuries working around heavy equipment on the job.
Details about the cause of the accident are not clear, but witnesses say that the man's arm became trapped in the tailgate of the dump truck around which he was working. The approximately 40-year-old man was pinned for just under an hour. A team of responders trained especially for rescues involving heavy equipment worked to extricate him, finally freeing him around 9:15 a.m.
The man was taken by helicopter to a California hospital where it is hoped doctors were able to save his arm. Only a few months earlier, another worker in the same county was fatally injured in an accident involving a piece of heavy equipment. Fire and rescue authorities urge construction workers not to be too proud to ask for help if they are uncertain how to safely operate such machinery.
Even if the man's arm can be saved, it is possible that the injury was too severe to allow him to return to work in construction. If this is the case, he will most likely require every dollar of the workers' compensation benefits he needs. Without those benefits, his family may struggle with medical bills, mortgage or rent payments, and day-to-day living expenses due to the man's lost wages. Having an attorney who is dedicated to fighting for the rights of those injured in construction workers' accidents will ensure that a worker receives the maximum benefits he or she deserves.
Source: Lake Forest, CA Patch, "Worker's Arm Trapped In Grizzly Lake Forest Dumptruck Accident: OCFA", Ashley Ludwig, Jan. 18, 2017