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Car hits construction vehicle, injures 1 in workplace accident

When construction companies in Georgia and elsewhere are tasked with performing roadside work, they typically implement signs and indicators informing nearby drivers of upcoming construction work. However, these safety precautions might not always produce the intended results and accidents that occur under similar circumstances can have disastrous outcomes. One person reportedly suffered serious injuries during a recent workplace accident in which a car veered off course and struck a construction vehicle in another state.

Authorities have advised that the incident took place on a recent Wednesday night as a construction worker was using a rear lift gate to perform job-related tasks. The worker had reportedly parked the vehicle on the shoulder of the road to install a sign. As the worker was using the lift, a nearby vehicle drifted onto the shoulder and struck the construction vehicle.

1 transported to hospital with injuries after job-related crash

A motor vehicle accident can take place in the blink of an eye, and the outcome of such an incident could carry devastating consequences. Each collision runs the unfortunate chance of leaving a person in Georgia with serious injuries, and in addition to the physical pain and suffering one may experience, the financial ramifications of such an incident may also prove substantial. A Department of Public Works employee was transported to the hospital with injuries after a car struck a street sweeper during a recent job-related crash.

Authorities have advised that the incident took place at around 4 a.m. on a recent Friday. According to reports, the collision took place when the driver of a car ran through a red light and struck the side of a nearby street sweeper. The impact of the crash reportedly forced the street sweeper to roll over onto its side, and the driver of this vehicle was subsequently transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

Taking steps to reduce the odds of a construction accident

While each line of work may come with its own set of potential safety concerns, some tend to be more hazardous than others. Individuals who work in construction may face a variety of potential risks each day, and incidents that occur on construction sites can have disastrous outcomes. To reduce the chances a construction accident will occur, workers in Georgia could benefit from knowing the challenges that are unique to their profession and how to handle them.

One of the most common types of accidents that take place on construction sites pertains to falls from heights. Workers who must operate at heights may find it helpful to carefully inspect ladders, lifts and scaffolding frequently to ensure the items remain in proper working condition. Wearing the necessary safety gear such as a harness and ensuring the necessary equipment stays clear of power lines can also be essential ways of reducing the chances that a potentially disastrous scenario will occur.

Work-related car accident claims life of tow truck driver

While stopping on the side of the road to assist another person with a stranded vehicle can be dangerous at times, it may be part of the job for many tow truck drivers in Georgia. Should another driver fail to take the necessary precautions upon encountering a similar circumstance, the results can be devastating. A tow truck driver was reportedly hit and killed during a recent work-related car accident in a neighboring state.

The incident reportedly occurred after the tow truck driver pulled over to help with a stranded vehicle on a recent Tuesday. Authorities advised that as he was loading the car onto his truck, he was suddenly sideswiped by another vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene soon thereafter, and the driver who caused the incident was issued a citation for failure to move over.

Why do workplace falls keep happening?

We have known for years that workplace falls are one of the biggest hazards on the job. They tend to cause more serious and fatal injuries than any other type of accident. They are worse in some occupations -- like construction -- than in others, but they are a risk almost everywhere.

And yet, even knowing this, falls keep happening. Many could be prevented with proper fall protection gear. Why is it that accidents won't stop? Below are a few reasons:

Officer suffers serious injuries in job-related car accident

In some cases, workers in Georgia and elsewhere may be able to reduce the odds of a job-related accident by strictly adhering to safety protocols and regulations. However, the safety of those who are required to operate a vehicle as a part of their job may also rest partly in the hands of other drivers. An on-the-job car accident can have a devastating impact on a person's well-being and the extensive costs of treatment that often accompany similar incidents could also bring about periods of financial strain.

An on-duty police officer has reportedly suffered severe injuries during a recent job-related car accident in another state. According to reports, the accident occurred as the officer was attempting to respond to reports of another accident. While traveling to the location of the crash with emergency sirens and lights activated, the officer's car was reportedly struck by another vehicle.

The possible causes and consequences of neck and back injuries

Suffering a serious injury while on the job can be a devastating experience. While some injuries may require only a short period of recovery, others could leave a person in Georgia with long-term pain and suffering, which could have a significant impact on one's life. Neck and back injuries can be some of the most painful and intense injuries a person could suffer, and these injuries can unfortunately take place under a variety of scenarios.

There are a multitude of situations in which a person could suffer a neck or back injury at work. Some of the most common causes of similar injuries include incidents stemming from overexertion, which could take place in virtually any workplace setting. Workers may also be at risk of suffering a similar injury in scenarios where repetitive actions are a necessity and the possible complications of a neck or back injury could affect one's ability to perform daily tasks substantially.

Repetitive stress injuries like HAVS can be debilitating

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires all employers to inform employees of the health and safety hazards their jobs present. However, many industrial workers in Georgia and across the country are not warned about the risk of developing Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome. HAVS is one of the preventable repetitive stress injuries that can cause long-term health problems.

The vibration of handheld power tools such as jackhammers, grinders, impact wrenches, chainsaws and others causes the injuries. Holding, shaking or vibrating objects frequently, or for extended periods, causes damage to the fine network of nerves and blood vessels in the arms, wrists and hands of workers. Intensive, repeated vibration also damages the arm, wrist joints and muscles.

Workplace accident leaves 1 with severe head injury

Performing job-related tasks on the side of a busy road can be hazardous, but for many construction workers in Georgia and elsewhere, it may also be part of the job. Even with safety barriers and signs in place to warn drivers of an upcoming construction zone, there is still some level of risk involved with operating near traffic. A recent workplace accident in which a vehicle struck the rear of a construction trailer has left several workers with injuries.

Law enforcement agents advised the incident took place at around 10 a.m. on a recent Wednesday as a construction crew was attempting to fill in potholes in the area. According to reports, it occurred when the driver of a northbound truck suddenly slammed into the back of a parked construction vehicle that was towing a signal arrow trailer. The impact of the crash forced the second vehicle to hit a nearby worker, subsequently causing him to hit his head on a steel bucket.

On-the-job car accidents: Officer injured in late-night crash

A police officer reportedly suffered serious injuries in a recent motor vehicle accident that occurred as the officer was performing job-related duties at the site of a construction project in another state. Individuals in Georgia and elsewhere who suffer severe harm in on-the-job car accidents could face substantial financial hardships during recovery. While these injured workers may be eligible for relief through the workers' compensation insurance system, they might be uncertain how best to handle the situation.

The accident reportedly took place just after midnight on a recent Tuesday as the officer was performing surveillance at a construction site. Law enforcement agents say that another vehicle suddenly rammed the officer's patrol car from behind. The impact of the collision reportedly caused the officer to become trapped within the vehicle, and emergency responders were forced to extract the officer and rush the accident victim to a medical facility.

Verdicts And Settlements

  • Workers' Compensation & Personal Injury
    Settlement in the amount of $275,000.00

    While operating the Employer's dump truck, the Employee suffered a fatal crush injury.

  • Workers' Compensation & Personal Injury
    Settlement in the amount of $205,000.00

    The Employee was involved in a work-related motor vehicle accident, sustaining injuries to the cervical and lumbar spine, as well as to the right hand.

  • Personal Injury
    Settlement in the amount of $175,000.00

    The Client suffered a complex leg fracture when a distracted driver suddenly veered into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on collision with the Client.

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