Working on the road comes with many dangers. The most obvious are encountering traffic and working around heavy equipment. However, some workplace injuries in California occur in the blink of an eye and cause severe injuries requiring workers' compensation coverage for lost wages. One road crew in another state experienced a freak accident that nearly cost one of them his life.
Around mid-morning one recent Thursday, the five county employees were repairing a guardrail along the road. Using a boom device, the men were lifting a guardrail in place when the boom moved too close to a power line. Electricity jumped from the line to the boom and electrically charged the truck and the workers.
Four of the men received a shock and were only mildly injured. Because the fifth man had been touching the trailer that was attached to the truck, he was electrocuted. One of his co-workers had to tackle him to break the current that held him to the trailer. When first responders arrived, the man was not breathing and his co-workers were performing CPR. Paramedics restarted his heart and transported him to the hospital in stable condition.
This man is likely to need a significant amount of time to recover from his injuries. Workers' compensation will cover his hospital expenses as well as his lost wages. However, to ensure that they will not need to battle with employers or insurance companies, many injured workers in California rely on an attorney to go to bat for them after they suffer workplace injuries. While one's attorney will work to ensure that the employee receives the maximum benefits in a timely manner, the injured worker can focus on getting well and getting back on the job.
Source: freep.com, "Paramedics revive man shocked while fixing guardrail in Macomb County", Tresa Baldas, Jan. 26, 2017