Any kind of maintenance work as part of a Department of Transportation can entail a certain level of danger. It is not unusual for workers to use equipment or perform tasks that require them to be perform their duties at significant heights. Even though workers are normally trained as to how to handle dangerous assignments or tasks, it is still all too common to get hurt. In California, if a worker is injured on the job while performing a work duty, there are certain rights and protections under the law.
A recent accident in another state made news as a transportation worker was in the process of trimming trees along a right of way As the worker was cutting the trees in the morning, one tree became twisted. This caused the tree to fall back toward the worker, who was upwards of 50 feet above the ground. Other workers got the 53-year-old man to the ground.
The worker was extricated from the bucket from which he was trapped. He was then airlifted from the scene of the accident. The latest report indicated he was in critical condition.
When a worker is injured on the job and suffers critical injuries, that worker may need extensive medical care and additional support. Rehabilitation services, more surgeries and medical needs that may be require lifelong care and attention can create financial losses and ongoing stress. State regulated workers’ compensation benefits in California are designed to address these specific needs. Insurance coverage is typically available for medical and rehab expenses as well as a nontaxable income stipend for lost income while recovering. Other benefits may also be available.
Source: thenewsstar.com, “DOTD worker critically injured cutting trees“, Dec. 18, 2014