Residents of Georgia who enjoy auto racing may be sad to hear of a recent work-related accident that resulted in severe injuries to a construction worker. The man was working at the Circuit of the Americas Site, which will be used for an upcoming U.S. Grand Prix race.
According to a report, the man was hurt in the workplace accident when a construction vehicle rolled over him. The construction worker sustained traumatic injuries and went into cardiac arrest. He was quickly airlifted to a nearby hospital where he remains in critical condition.
The man was an experienced worker with many hours of training, according to a spokesman for the Circuit of the Americas in Texas. The spokesman also noted that this was the first incident of its kind at the site, where he said safety is taken very seriously.
However, at a construction worksite that sees 400 people at work each day, accidents are a constant danger, despite any and all safety precautions. Construction can be a risky profession despite technological and safety advances. Should the injured worker survive his current ordeal, his focus will likely turn to having a full recovery back to health.
During this difficult time, the man will not be able to return to work due to the workplace injury. His family may struggle to make ends meet without his contributions, and medical bills will likely continue to accrue. For the injured worker and his family - and for anyone injured at work in Georgia -- it is important to note that he is likely eligible for workers' compensation. Workers' compensation benefits can help cover the mounting expenses related to his care as well as other life costs.
Source: The Statesman, "Construction worker critically injured at F1 site," Patrick George, Feb. 28, 2012