A Pennsylvania woman was severely injured in a construction site accident
when a dump truck backed into her. The incident left her in the hospital
with leg injuries.
The woman was working on a
construction site as a traffic flagger. She apparently had her back turned in order to direct
traffic and couldn't see the approaching dump truck that was backing
up from one street to another. It was unclear why the woman wasn't
made aware of the dump truck as it moved across the construction site.
As the truck backed up, the flagger's leg became caught in the dual
wheels on the rear right passenger side of the vehicle. Unfortunately,
the driver was unaware that he had backed over the woman, and he continued
to drive the vehicle until witnesses realized what was happening and told
him to stop. The flagger was airlifted to a nearby hospital to be treated
for her leg injuries.
According to a news report, OSHA was still investigating the accident.
Just about any workplace in Pennsylvania has the potential to be dangerous.
But working in a construction zone is an inherently dangerous occupation.
There is a reason construction workers and managers pride themselves in
tracking the days that pass without a work-related injury.
The woman's injury in this case may leave her entitled to medical benefits,
lost wages benefits, and potentially pain and suffering benefits. If she
is not ever able to use her leg to its full capacity due to this injury,
she will likely be entitled to additional benefits to compensate her for
Source: lehighvalleylive.com, "East Allen Township accident at Route 512 construction zone investigated by OSHA," Sarah M. Wojcik, May 16, 2012