A terrifying accident in Portsmouth in recent months drew much needed attention to occupational safety. A worker was pinned between a backhoe and another piece of heavy equipment while working to repave a parking lot outside a diner, resulting in his leg being horribly mangled. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the cause of the accident.
At this time it is unknown how long it will take the worker to recover, and whether the worker will ever be able to return to his previous line of work. So often in these situations, a person’s entire career is ruined, and one is forced to fall back on the kindness of family and friends to get by while the case works its way through the system.
Unlike many work accidents, this unfortunate circumstance took place in a very public parking lot. Thankfully, there were dozens of potential witnesses who did not work for the company, and had no vested interest in toeing the company line. When accidents like this occur, workers are scared to come forward and admit to unsafe working conditions, fearing retaliation from management.
An accident can happen to anyone at any time, and it is important to know what to do if you or someone you love is involved. If you are injured in an accident in a public place, be it while on the job or just out in the community, make sure you:
- Request access to any police records, including witness names and statements.
- Obtain additional information from witnesses as soon as possible, before their memories of the event begin to blur or before others have an opportunity to change their recollections.
- Seek out cellphone or other pictures of the area around the time of the accident, to document any hazardous conditions.
This is a lot to ask of an individual, especially someone who has recently been injured in an accident. If you are overwhelmed by all the steps you need to take to make sure you are justly compensated, don’t hesitate to seek out a lawyer in New York with the necessary skills and experience to help you in your investigation.