A 40 year old construction worker who was working in the bucket of a motorized lift suspended over traffic on I-75 in Lima, Ohio, was seriously injured when he was struck by a semi-tractor trailer. Tragically, he was thrown from the lift as a result of the crash and landed on the grass near the highway. He was taken to Lima Memorial Health System and his condition is unknown at this time.
Construction workers are particularly vulnerable to suffering serious workplace injuries. The nature of their work subjects them to a number of hazards, including the possibility of being struck by moving vehicles.
Fortunately for those injured in workplace accidents, Ohio workers’ compensation benefits may be available. Usually a victim will be eligible to receive medical treatment coverage for all of their injuries that are related to an accident once they initiate a workers’ compensation claim. Depending on the circumstances, an individual may also be entitled to additional benefits if they are temporarily or permanently disabled as a result of an accident. A person who experiences a permanent physical impairment as a result of a workplace accident may also be compensated for continuing medical treatment.
The initial reports of this accident indicate that the construction worker was not wearing a safety harness at the time of the accident. In cases where such safety equipment is an issue, it is likely that OSHA will investigate the accident and may fine the employer of an injured worker for not providing adequate safety equipment to their employee.
Source: The Lima News, “Construction worker thrown from lift in Friday morning I-75 accident,” Sarah Stemen, Nov. 16, 2012