When a construction accident occurs, it is important to think about workers’ compensation benefits for medical care, lost wages and the possibility that the person will not be able to do the same work for an extended period of time. For example, according to recent reports, a 69-year-old man who was working on a residential site suffered a broken leg when it he was run over by an excavator. The accident happened at around 10:20 a.m.
Emergency services arrived to help and found that the man needed to be flown to the hospital via helicopter. According to the emergency responders, he had a compound fracture. The helicopter landed at a nearby school and transported the injured worker. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident.
Construction work is one of the most dangerous types of jobs a person can do. Construction workers are around large equipment, use heavy tools, are at great heights, use flammable materials, work in trenches, and can be electrocuted and more, so the number of ways in which injuries and death can occur is seemingly limitless. Along with the injuries and the need for medical care comes the concern that the person cannot get back on the job in the same capacity in a short time. It is possible that the worker can never do the same type of work. Workers’ compensation benefits can help with medical costs, treatment and lost income.
There is an ongoing investigation into how the man who was working on a residence had his leg broken by an excavator. As he recovers, he may consider how he will get treatment and make ends meet. Workers’ compensation might be essential, if the worker qualifies.