Construction workers already face dangers at most construction sites. However, when a construction site is located on a California roadway, it can be even more dangerous. A recent construction accident on a turnpike in another state left four workers injured. The accident could result in an injured worker claim by one or more of the workers involved.
The incident happened early one morning in May at a construction site on a major roadway. Construction crews were picking up cones with a vehicle in order to reopen a previously closed lane. Somehow, a second vehicle ended up crashing into the vehicle carrying the construction workers. The driver of the second vehicle died at the scene of the incident.
One construction worker was transported via ambulance to a nearby hospital. Another worker was airlifted to another local medical facility in order to undergo surgery. Two other workers suffered minor injuries. They were also taken to a hospital for medical staff to take a look at their injuries. The specific nature and extent of the injuries suffered by the four workers was not detailed.
This is apparently the second accident at this particular construction site, which was located on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In instances such as these in California, work safety authorities — such as the California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration — typically conduct investigations which could result in possible citations if safety violations are found. Also, it is possible that an injured worker claim will be filed on behalf of an employee hurt on the job. Depending upon the underlying facts, this may require the need for the employer to take legal action in order to defend financial interests.
Source: wpxi.com, “Turnpike accident kills driver, injures 4 workers“, May 2, 2015