There are many construction accidents in Florida and other parts of the country due to the nature of the work. On a daily basis, employees work with dangerous equipment and machinery that can cause serious injuries or even death if it malfunctions or is improperly used. One man recently suffered serious injuries to his arm and hand after he became caught in an auger. He is currently seeking treatment for the injuries at a local hospital.
The construction accident occurred on Feb. 10 when the 34-year-old man from North Dakota was using the soil boring tool to perform tests at a construction site. It is believed that the man’s clothes got caught in the auger. The man could not get free from the auger, which dragged him into the machine. The man, an employee for Northern Technologies Company, was finally able to get free with help from co-workers.
It is unknown exactly what will happen next, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will likely perform an investigation. The investigation will more than likely determine the cause of the accident and which party should be held liable. The accident could have been just a simple act of negligence on behalf of the construction worker, but in some cases, the employer is held liable for not properly training employees.
In any case, the injured worker should be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits are available to those who are injured in the workplace, whether or not they are at fault. These payments help the injured employee recover financial compensation to pay for medical bills and lost wages.
Source: WDAZ, “West Fargo man injured at construction site” No author given, Feb. 11, 2014