Many jobs in Pennsylvania carry a potential risk to life or health, such
as firefighters or police officers. But we don't always consider the
risk of beinginjured on the job that transportation or construction workers face, though these workers
put their lives at risk every day as well. Such was the case for a Department
of Transportation worker who sustained an injury at work for simply doing his job.
The construction zone is located in Porter Township of Pike County, close
to the Monroe County border. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
was improving the southbound lane of Route 402 by paving it. The vehicle
involved in the injury was a dump truck bringing a load of blacktop paving
material to the construction site.
It was approximately 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 28 when the 45-year-old Department
of Transportation worker was injured. He was managing routine traffic
control and was responsible for stopping traffic for the dump truck so
that it could deliver its load. The 28-year-old truck driver was backing
his vehicle onto the road when he hit the worker.
The state police said the worker was airlifted to the Community Medical
Center. By Wednesday afternoon, a spokesperson for the medical center
listed the worker in stable condition, though the extent of his injuries
or how long he will be off work is not yet known. The police investigating
the accident could not be reached for comment later that day and whether
or not the driver of the dump truck will be subject to charges was not
known at press time.
There is much about workers' compensation benefits and law that seems
complex and difficult to understand. For this seemingly cut and dry case,
this man has lost work time and may continue to do so. As such, he has
earned the right to workers' compensation benefits to compensate for
his injury and the financial impact on his quality of life. In addition,
if the driver that hit him worked for a private employer, the injured
man may be able to sue him and his employer separately to recover damages
for any claimed negligence on their part.
Source: The Times-Tribune, "PennDOT worker struck by dump truck in construction zone," Steve Mcconnell, Oct. 6, 2011