Road and bridge construction projects in Connecticut often use temporary arrangements to handle traffic while the project is underway. Occasionally, removing these temporary barriers can be extremely dangerous. This unhappy fact was demonstrated on August 21, 2017 when one or more pieces of bracing equipment slipped and caused a severe injury to a construction worker’s foot.

Workers were removing a temporary bridge on Route 74 across the Willimantic River when a jack collapsed. The part of the temporary bridge that had been kept in place by the jack fell on the foot of a worker. Police and construction crews worked for more than half an hour to free the worker. The rescue operation was described by one fire department officials as a “heavy rescue operation.” The injured man was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The immediate cause of the accident was not known. Officials said that investigators from the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration were studying the incident.

No details were released identifying the injured man’s employer and whether any private contractors were working on the project at the time of the accident. The worker appears to be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, but he may have a claim for damages against any party other than his employer who may be wholly or partially liable for the accident. Sometimes, the services of an experienced attorney may be necessary to sort out the liability claims in an accident such as this one. Anyone who has suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a workplace injury may benefit from consulting an attorney who is experienced in handling both workers’ compensation benefit claims and claims against third parties.

Source: Tolland Patch, “Worker’s Foot Crushed at Route 74 Bridge Project,” Chris Dehnel, Aug. 22, 2017