Construction workers in Missouri face an endless list of safety hazards that threaten their lives every day. Employers are responsible for the safety of employees, and they must comply with the safety regulations prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. However, the number of workers’ compensation claims that is filed by construction workers every year indicates that many construction company owners disregard that responsibility.
One such a claim will likely follow a construction site accident that occurred in Sedalia on a recent Wednesday. An incident report indicates that emergency calls were received by both the Sedalia Fire Department and the Pettis County Ambulance District shortly before 9:50 a.m. about an injured construction worker. According to reports by these two agencies, a worker became trapped under a piece of construction equipment that fell over and landed on top of him.
Paramedics reported that the worker suffered leg and torso crush injuries. However, there was no indication of the severity of the injuries or the condition of the worker after an ambulance transported him to a hospital. The incident will likely be investigated to determine the circumstances that caused it.
Crush injuries can cause severe damage that might have long-term consequences. Victims might find comfort in knowing that the Missouri workers’ compensation insurance program will cover medical expenses and lost wages. However, if the injury caused permanent disability, the assistance of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney might help to secure additional benefits, such as vocational training, to equip the worker with new skills and alternative employment.