An industrial accident has killed a Maryland man after the dump truck he was driving overturned near a demolition site. Official reports show that the 73-year-old Somerset County man was killed when his vehicle flipped over into a ravine. This incident shows that not all construction accidents are related to falls or crush injuries; in fact, scores of construction workers are killed in transportation accidents every year, as well.
Authorities say that the 2005 Caterpillar 725 truck was discovered in a ditch on Dec. 30. The driver was the only person in the vehicle, and the truck was empty at the time of the wreck. When the man's coworkers discovered that the construction site accident had occurred, they dragged him from the vehicle and summoned emergency responders. The victim was airlifted to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Maryland, where he was pronounced dead just over an hour after he was discovered at the scene. Investigators are still not sure how long the man spent in the ravine before he was discovered by authorities and fellow construction workers. Those employees work for Reynolds Excavating.
Even though construction accidents are often characterized as falls or injuries caused by machinery, transportation-related injuries are also relatively common within the industry. These accidents, which can include those suffered in collisions, crushing accidents or even roll-overs, may result in workers' compensation claims on behalf of the injured party. Victims who are injured or killed at work deserve to receive financial compensation for the injuries they have received. Further, it is important that workers' compensation be distributed to family members of victims who die on the job. Relatives who are experiencing difficulty with their workers' compensation claims may benefit from a consultation with a qualified personal injury attorney, who may be able to help them get the money they need and deserve.
Source: Delmarvanow.com, "Deadly industrial accident remains under investigation" Vanessa Junkin and Deborah Gates, Dec. 31, 2013