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Worker suffers crush injury while working in elevator shaft

In almost every line of work, there is the potential for employees to suffer a workplace injury. For some occupations, however, the risk can be significantly greater. In Jasper, and elsewhere, construction workers are among the most common employees to be injured on the job. These injuries can range in severity from very minor to fatal and can significantly impact an employee’s future ability to work.

A construction worker in Austin suffered life-threatening injuries on the job recently. The accident appears to have occurred when the elevator was activated inside of an elevator shaft where he was working. According to reports, the worker’s head was trapped in between the elevator and a concrete surface within the shaft. It was not reported how or why the elevator was turned on while the work to take out old radio communications towers was ongoing; the injured man was not the only worker inside the shaft at the time of the workplace accident.

The work accident victim sustained what medics reportedly described as a critical “crush injury”, in addition to other, secondary critical injuries. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment, but no further information has been disclosed regarding his condition.

Whether the injury is minor, or life threatening, most workers who are injured in a workplace accident, or in the course of their job, are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Anyone who has sustained a work-related injury may find it of benefit to obtain legal representation to help ensure that his or her rights are protected.

Source: KXAN News, “Worker hospitalized after being pinned in elevator shaft,” Jackie Vega and Omar Lewis, April 9, 2014

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