Anytime employees are working around moving vehicles, there is the threat that an accident could occur.
State police say a highway department employee for a Hudson Valley town is in serious condition after he was pinned between two road paving vehicles.
Troopers say Daniel Styles was operating a paver Monday while re-surfacing a road in the Ulster County town of Marbletown, on the eastern border of the Catskill Park 55 miles south of Albany.
Police say Styles was standing on the operating platform when another town worker operating a compacting roller failed to notice the paver had stopped. Troopers say the roller collided with the paver, pinning Styles' right leg between the two vehicles.
He was airlifted to Albany Medical Center, where troopers say he's listed in serious but stable condition.
The cause of the accident is being investigated.
We assume that this was an accident, and the other employee had no ill-intent. When an injury of this nature occurs due to the behavior/actions of a fellow employee, the employer is still held liable, and proper benefits should be awarded.
The injured employee should report the accident, and then file a workers' compensation claim. The step after that would be to call someone like us at Loney & Schueller. We find in a majority of claims, the employer will try to short-change the employee into accepting a lesser sum than rightfully entitled...or even by trying to threaten the employee with job loss if the employee goes through with the claim.
This is unjust, unlawful...and unfortunately, something we see far too often. Let us fight for you to ensure your rights are not denied...and that you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve!
Call Eric, Randy, and Sarah 515-225-4485.