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Construction workers' accidents: Worker run over by equipment

While all industries pose occupational hazards, employees on construction sites might be at a higher risk than most. Construction workers' accidents are reported on a daily basis -- many of them fatal. However, now and again a worker walks away unscathed from an incident that could have caused catastrophic or fatal injuries.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health reported one such an accident that occurred in Contra Costa County on a recent Monday. The agency says crews from the fire department rushed to a construction site on Bethel Island shortly before 5 p.m. They arrived to find that a machine used in the paving process had run over a construction worker.

Reportedly, co-workers of the victim said he had to endure the pain twice because after running over him once, the machine had to back up, running over him again in order to set him free. The injured worker was airlifted to a Walnut Creek hospital. Miraculously, he suffered injuries that were not life-threatening injuries, and he was released from the hospital after treatment.

While this worker suffered no severe injuries, a similar incident might cause bone fractures or even amputation injuries. When construction workers' accidents cause serious injuries, the victims are typically entitled to claim compensation. The California workers' compensation insurance system allows injured workers to file claims for benefits that pay for injury-related medical expenses. Furthermore, lost wages will be covered if the injury caused temporary disability, and legal counsel can assist with the navigation of the claims process.

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