A chicken house employee was injured while performing his job duties last Wednesday in Tennessee. The man was moving a cart that contained either chickens or eggs. The cart fell over onto the worker. The man suffered a serious job site injury as a result.
The tremendous weight of the overturned cart was estimated to be approximately 500 pounds, and it seriously injured the man when it fell on top of him. Emergency responders airlifted him to the hospital where he received treatment for his injuries. As of the last report, he was in stable condition, and doctors expected him to recover.
According to Aviagen, the chicken-breeding company where the man was working, the injured employee was in training at the time of the incident, which took place early in the workday. Also, he was not a formal employee of Aviagen, but, rather, he was employed by a contracting company. It is not uncommon for companies to hire workers employed by contracting companies to staff their facilities and perform other job duties. In this case, the fact that the man was employed by another company should not affect his ability to seek workers' compensation benefits.
A job site injury that happens while a worker is performing his or her job duties could give rise to workers' compensation claims. Indeed, Tennessee employees have the right to seek medical benefits and other financial benefits in most cases. For his reason, it is important that injured workers report their injuries to their employers as soon as possible to ensure that they have the ability to apply for benefits within the time limitations that pertain to their cases.
Source: whnt.com, "Worker injured in accident at Aviagen plant in Lawrenceburg, TN", Claire Aiello and Beth Jett, Feb. 11, 2015