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Worker suffers workplace injuries following accident

A man working in a bucket-lift was hurt around 2:35 p.m. on Oct. 6 according to local sources. The man was 35 feet in the air when he suffered workplace injuries as a result of an accident. Iowa workers know how dangerous working that high in the air can be. In all likelihood, the injured worker will be the recipient of a compensation package as he struggles to recover. 

According to the report, the unidentified man was working in a bucket-lift truck on I-78. He was high above the ground when, for reasons that have yet to be determined, the truck toppled over with the man still in the bucket. While the weather was rainy, township police do not believe this influenced the accident as both the worker and the ground were dry because they were working under an overpass. 

The man was reportedly speaking immediately after the accident, but he had "fallen hard," according to witnesses. He was loaded into an ambulance via stretcher and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. As of this report, there is no word on his condition. 

It is likely that, as here in Iowa, the incident will come under the jurisdiction of the local branch of Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate. Workplace injuries of this severity demand a rigorous investigation to assess the work environment in terms of safety for other workers. In the meantime, the man will likely be entitled to a workers' compensation package to help cover lost wages and pay for his medical bills while he is in recovery. 

Source: mcall.com, "Worker hurt when bucket-lift truck topples under I-78 in Allentown", Frank Warner, Oct. 1, 2015

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