At first glance, some people might find humor in the story. After all, a construction worker was using a portable toilet on a work site when a dump truck driver “rolled over” him, according to a newspaper report.
All possible humor vanishes, however, when more details of the incident are revealed. The injured construction worker has a collapsed right lung, multiple fractures of his pelvis and possible internal bleeding. The 28-year-old worker was in just his second day on the job at the billion-dollar Louis Armstrong Airport expansion project in New Orleans.
After he was hit by the dump truck, the injured worker was put into the intensive care unit of a nearby hospital and scheduled for surgery. He is expected to recover from his serious injuries, according to the news report. Because the construction accident was on private property, the dump truck driver was not issued any citations by police.
Vehicle accidents on the job
As many New York construction workers know, there are several types of worksite accidents that can involve moving vehicles:
- Dump trucks on unstable ground or with unbalanced loads can tip and roll over.
- “Backovers” occur when a driver backs a vehicle into a worker standing, walking or kneeling behind the truck.
- Collisions between two work vehicles can occur, sometimes leading to secondary crashes into nearby workers, scaffolding, ladders, etc.
What legal options do I have?
Injured workers are often aware of available workers’ compensation benefits, but less certain about their other legal options. An attorney experienced in construction accident litigation can help you understand your rights and options.