A representative from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has reported that three workers were injured in an accident involving an agency vehicle on the afternoon of Sept. 18. The vehicle was a line-painting truck used to add lane markings to road surfaces, which the DOT representative said rolled off the side of the road. The workplace accident took place on Grange Road in Beaver County around 1:15 p.m.
Media footage of the accident aftermath showed the large truck lying on its passenger side in a creek by the side of the two-lane road. Accident investigators are trying to determine if the vehicle was driven too close to the edge of the roadway or if the surface beneath the truck gave way.
Reports indicate that the three injured workers were inside the truck at the time of the accident. A large amount of yellow paint being carried by the truck spilled into the back area occupied by one worker as the truck slid down an embankment. The DOT representative said that the worker ingested some of the paint and may have drowned if his colleagues had not acted quickly. Emergency response personnel called in a helicopter to transport the worker to a hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment. The other two injured workers were treated at an area medical facility.
The Pennsylvania workers’ compensation program is designed to provide those hurt while on the job with compensation to cover their medical expenses. Compensation is available to workers regardless of who is responsible for causing the accident. However, the claims process is complex and sometimes combative, but an attorney with experience in this area can represent a worker if the employer claims that the injuries are not work-related.
Source: WTAE Pittsburgh, “PennDOT line-painting truck goes off road, crashes into creek,” Sept. 18, 2014
Source: CBS Philly, “3 PennDOT Workers Hurt In LIne-Painting Truck Rollover“, September 19, 2014