One worker suffered serious injuries due to a recent accident involving a construction vehicle. The accident occurred in March at an out-of-state construction site, authorities say. When a Tennessee worker suffers a similar job site injury, the individual typically chooses to file a claim for workers' compensation.
The accident occurred on a recent Tuesday around 9 a.m. The worker, a 22-year-old man, was on a construction crew that was installing underground pipes for the area's future irrigation canal, authorities said. Officials investigating believe that the worker was walking behind a piece of construction equipment known as a track-hoe while the machinery was being used.
Authorities believe that as this vehicle began to reverse, and since the terrain was muddy, the worker slipped, fell and landed directly in the machine's path. The tracks of the machine ran over the man's legs. Other workers present on the job site answered the man's call for help and were able to get the driver to stop the machine. Emergency personnel, who were the first to arrive at the scene, attended to the man and, after he received treatment from them, he was driven in a pickup truck to the nearest road where an ambulance waited for them. He was rushed to a hospital -- to be treated for significant leg injuries.
This accident will probably be considered an industrial accident, which means that no criminal charges will be likely. Regardless of this outcome, the worker will be legally entitled to file a workers' compensation claim. Successfully filed, this type of claim might help to lessen some of the financial downfalls typically incurred by a Tennessee individual who has suffered a similar job site injury. Individuals typically begin this process by consulting with an experienced workers' compensation attorney who can help with the process of submitting a claim.
Source: cachevalleydaily.com, "Man hospitalized after construction accident", Will Feelright, March 1, 2016