A welder working for Vulcan Materials Company was critically injured last week when he was badly electrocuted while working in a mining facility in Keenesaw. Reportedly, the worker was using an aerial bucket truck to haul material on Duncan Road when the truck’s boom hit a 4,160-volt power line, electrocuting the welder. According to CBS Atlanta, the worker does not have life-threatening injuries but was immediately taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital and later to the burn unit in Augusta.
A second worker was trapped on the crane until Georgia Power shut off the electricity to the power line. The incident is being investigated by the Mine Safety and Health Administration as well as Vulcan Materials and Georgia Power. The quarry in Keenesaw employs around fifty people and covers around 350 acres. Vulcan is based in Birmingham and is the country’s largest provider of crushed rock and other materials used to construct roadways.
Construction accidents are a serious problem in Georgia and the United States, as they can cause debilitating and lasting injuries. In 2009, there were reportedly 4,340 worker fatalities, representing a 17 percent drop from a total of 5,214 in 2008. Though construction accidents are actually decreasing in frequency, when they occur they can be catastrophic.
A construction accident could put a worker out of work for a considerable amount of time, prevent him or her from ever working in that field again, and could result in life-threatening and lasting injuries. If the construction accident is deemed to be the fault of a company or other individual’s negligence, you may be entitled to receive remuneration for your injuries.
Contact a dedicated Atlanta construction accident attorney to see if you could possibly recover compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Fill out a risk-free, no-cost case evaluation form today. Our firm has a successful track record of recovering compensation for construction injuries. Past results don’t guarantee future success.