Two men were taken to an area hospital in serious condition after an accident in Brooklyn on May 6. The condition of the New York workers is currently unknown, but their injuries have been described as non-life-threatening. An investigation into the construction site accident is ongoing.
Preliminary reports indicate the two men were working on a cherry picker truck, a common auxiliary vehicle with an elevated platform not unlike that found on a fire truck. For an unknown reason, the vehicle toppled over, trapping the two men beneath it. According to local rescue efforts, it took 45 minutes for the men to be freed from the wreck, when they were immediately transferred to a local hospital.
There is no word yet as to why the cherry picker truck suddenly overturned. The workers' employers have yet to issue a statement regarding the accident, and witnesses have not been forthcoming. The fire department is still seeking answers to these questions.
Certain jobs are by their very nature dangerous, and therefore, the employers who run organizations employing people for these jobs must have some backing as far as insurance and liability are concerned. However, depending upon the extent of the injuries suffered by either of the two men injured in this construction site accident, it may be possible for one or both of them to seek additional compensation over and above what workers' compensation should provide. Especially in incidences of severe injury impacting work performance, options are available. However, a strong understanding of New York employment and workers' compensation laws may be beneficial before pursuing such a case.
Source: CBS New York, "2 Construction Workers Hurt After Cherry Picker Overturns In Brooklyn," May 6, 2013