Truck operators in the construction industry need particular skills to navigate their vehicles in often challenging areas. This was recently underscored by an accident on a construction site of Station 1300 in Menlo Park. According to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, this accident could have been a lot worse, and the one person that suffered workplace injuries could have been dead had things gone only slightly different.
According to the fire chief, a truck driver maneuvered his tractor-trailer with a full load of lumber up an earthen ramp. For reasons yet to be determined, the trailer slid off one side of the ramp. It happened above the basement area where construction is complete.
Reportedly, the truck somehow stopped short of slipping into the sub-surface construction area. According to Cal/OSHA, that area is filled with steel rebar reinforcing and construction workers. Only the truck driver was injured, and paramedics rushed him to a hospital for treatment of shoulder and back injuries.
Construction workers in California who suffer workplace injuries might be entitled to seek financial relief through the state-regulated workers' compensation insurance system. They can pursue claims for benefits that typically cover medical expenses and lost wages. However, those who suffer injuries that cause total or partial disabilities may be awarded additional benefits. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can assist with the complicated claims process. Vocational rehabilitation will teach new skills and new opportunities, and it might be available for workers whose injuries cause partial permanent disabilities and who can no longer handle their usual jobs.