An inspector from a Connecticut company was hospitalized with injuries sustained after being struck by a construction truck. The inspector was monitoring a construction project on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connecting Staten Island when the accident and workplace injury occurred.
An asphalt delivery truck rolled down a ramp in reverse near the bridge when it struck the inspector. The 61-year-old works for STV, a Connecticut company, and was on location to inspect and consult on the bridge rehabilitation project headed by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority. The delivery truck clipped the inspector on the Staten Island side of the span, sending him to a nearby hospital with critical injuries. Work on the bridge was halted while an investigation by the police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration got underway.
Many construction site accidents involve heavy or dangerous equipment or large vehicles. This unfortunately may result in greater damages when an on-the-job injury occurs. Employees that find themselves hurt from such an incident may be able to receive assistance with their medical expenses by filing a workers’ compensation claim. If an injury is deemed to have occurred on the job, the employee may be entitled to certain benefits such as compensation for medical costs or even lost wages. Often, a workers’ compensation claim is an employee’s exclusive remedy, unless a third party contributed to the injuries. If that is the case, other options may be available as well.
With all of the action occurring simultaneously on construction sites, accidents such as this one are unfortunately not as uncommon as many would think. Victims of these work-related incidents deserve compensation to help ease the financial strain while they heal and recuperate.
Source: NY Daily News, “Construction worker hospitalized after being struck by truck on Verrazano-Narrows Bridge,” Rocco Parascandola, Oct. 29, 2014