A Pennsylvania construction worker was taken to the hospital after being trapped beneath an asphalt roller. The man had been working for an asphalt products manufacturer, known as Suit-Kote Corp., 15 miles east of Pittsburgh when the accident occurred. Following the workplace injury, he was reported to be in critical condition due to blood loss and severe head trauma. In a statement to a local television station, a company spokesman offered his thoughts and prayers to the man’s family.
While operating the asphalt roller in Monroeville, the machine reportedly tipped, and the man fell off of it. After it rolled over him, the man became trapped beneath the heavy vehicle. Doctors called to the scene worked to free him before sending him to the hospital with serious injuries. The company has reported that the man required surgery following the accident.
According to officials at the scene, the accident occurred when a hydraulic hose on the machine broke, causing it to jerk forward unexpectedly. While attempting to pull the asphalt roller off of the road, the man was thrown onto his stomach when the machine tipped. He was then caught beneath the machine and was unable to free himself.
An unsafe working environment could be created when construction equipment is not properly maintained or checked. In this case, it is possible that a routine inspection of the asphalt roller could have prevented the injury. If the man wishes to file a personal injury lawsuit, a workers’ compensation lawyer may be able to file a claim in order to seek compensation for his medical expenses and lost wages.
Source: Independent Record, “Man run over by Pa. asphalt roller, hospitalized”, August 30, 2013