The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health received notice of a recent construction site accident in Ventura County. Injuries that sent a 62-year-old employee to the hospital will likely lead to a workers' compensation benefits claim. Authorities say the incident occurred on a recent Tuesday.
The emergency workers at the fire department rushed to the site following an alert that they received shortly after 1 p.m. A spokesperson explained that a crane was removing some 4,000-pound rock-filled metal boxes from the flat bed of a truck. These boxes were then lowered into a hole to serve as a base for a water tank.
Under circumstances yet to be determined, the worker was struck by one of the heavy boxes. Reportedly, he suffered hand and leg injuries. The employee was transported to a hospital in the area, and although the severity of his injuries was not reported, they were described as possibly major. Cal/OSHA compliance officers will determine whether the necessary safety precautions were taken at the construction site.
Workplace injuries suffered by older employees are often more severe than the same injuries would have been had the victims been younger. The medical expenses can be overwhelming, and if the injury caused temporary disability, the loss of income could further jeopardize the victim's financial stability. Fortunately, the California workers' compensation insurance program offers benefits that typically take care of those issues. Injured employees are free to seek the support and guidance of an experienced workers' compensation attorney to assist with the claims procedures.
Source: vcstar.com, "Man injured in construction accident in Ojai Valley area", Megan Diskin, Aug. 29, 2017