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Texas construction worker suffers life-threatening injuries

The driver of an asphalt roller ran over a fellow employee on Sept. 4 at a construction site in Amarillo. Under a private contractor, road construction work was underway when the incident took place. A construction worker on foot was raking asphalt near an asphalt roller. At the same time, another employee engaged the machine to continue razing the asphalt and evening out the road.

The equipment operator was not aware of the presence of the employee on the ground when he put the roller into gear. As the roller moved forward, it ran over the worker's foot, and he lost his balance and fell. Employees nearby tried to shout above the noise level of the roller to get the attention of the driver. The injured employee had already been run over a few feet before the equipment operator noticed that something was wrong and stopped the machine.

The injured construction worker faced life-threatening injuries as he was taken to a local hospital. According to a statement made by the authorities, the worker suffered from broken bones and damage to several of his internal organs.

Workers who are involved in construction accidents may receive workers' compensation benefits for any medical expenses and rehabilitative services resulting from the work-related injury. Depending on the circumstances, such as if the injury causes lost time at work or a disability, the worker may also receive a portion of his or her lost income up to a specified amount. Not all employers have workers' compensation insurance, but in those cases, the employer is not protected from personal injury lawsuits from workers.

Source: NewsChannel10.com, "Public construction accident sends worker to hospital", September 05, 2014

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