Road work can be wrought with dangers. Many employees who work on road construction or improvement projects may fear being injured on the job by passing drivers. However, a worker can be injured on the job due to the actions of another worker. California road crews may want to follow the story of a town road worker who was fatally injured while filling potholes.
The man was with a local public works department. He was behind one of the town’s trucks patching potholes in the road. The truck then backed into him, causing fatal injuries.
The 50-year-old worker was flown via helicopter to a nearby hospital for treatment but to no avail. The town employee who was driving the truck that Thursday morning also needed medical attention, although it was not reported exactly why. The town manager called the incident a tragic accident. There is currently an investigation into the incident.
The worker who was fatally injured on the job may have incurred staggering medical bills from the helicopter transport and treatment that failed to save his life. His family may also suffer financially if he was the breadwinner. In cases in which a California worker is fatally injured in an accident on the job, the family members left behind are entitled to death benefits that could prove vital as they prepare to move forward without their loved one. Those who have lost loved ones to on-the-job accidents may find the assistance of legal professionals beneficial as they pursue workers’ compensation death benefits.
Source: sfchronicle.com, “Tolland town worker hit by public works truck dies”, March 19, 2015