When it comes to employee safety, some jobs are simply more prone to accidents than others. Someone working at a retail store in Baltimore is less likely to be injured in a traumatic fashion than someone at a factory, for example. Make no mistake, though: White-collar workers can most certainly be injured at work, but it may more often be from carpal tunnel syndrome or from improperly lifting a heavy object.
As might be expected, construction is one of the most dangerous vocations for workers in Maryland. This was demonstrated again recently when a worker on Interstate 695 was hit by a pickup truck while standing on the shoulder. The 54-year-old worker was killed — and he is the fifth state highway worker to die as a result of an on-the-job injury over the last year.
The man was part of a work crew that was clearing trees so that they did not encroach on the freeway. Officials said that the truck that hit the man apparently swerved into him; they had no apparent reason why this would have happened.
An incident such as this one has several potential negligent parties. The driver of the truck that plowed into the worker is an obvious candidate. However, because the man was hurt on the job, during the course of his duties of employment, the subcontractor he worked for, as well as the State Highway Administration, could be considered as well. An experienced workplace injuries attorney can assist people in this situation to determine their next steps.
Source: CBS Baltimore, “Construction Worker Struck, Killed On I-695,” Meghan McCorkell, Jan. 31, 2014