A worker who became trapped under a massive airplane was able to be rescued by first responders, but remains in serious condition after this severe crush injury. The employee was rushed to the hospital by a helicopter. Because of his injuries, the worker could be eligible for workman’s comp.
While this tragic accident happened out of state, it is not inconceivable that a Denver airline employee could become injured on the job. Whether it was the fault of a co-worker or because the airline failed to create a safe workplace, an injured worker can file for workers’ compensation for crush injuries. But, because Colorado workman’s comp is often a confusing system, it is often best to work with an attorney on the claim in order to receive the amount of compensation you need to recover.
In this story, some sources report that the man became trapped during the towing procedure of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane at about 6 p.m. The airport director said the employee became entangled in the landing gear under the right wing. While investigators are unclear as to what the employee’s job was, it is believed that he may have been the individual who put blocks by the plane’s tires to keep it from moving.
The main injuries the victim sustained were to his leg. The only way rescuers were able to free him and get him treatment for his legs was by using a high-powered to lift the aircraft.
Investigations of the accident are still underway, and safety measures could change to prevent future crush injuries and accidents.
It is almost unimaginable to be crushed under a large 787, and for such an accident to happen it immediately calls into question what safety measures were in place to prevent such an accident. It is suspicious that an airline company would not have some sort of protection against such a serious accident.
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, “Worker run over by Boeing 787 at Paine Field,” Feb. 4, 2012