On October 9th a construction worker at Microsoft in Redmond was injured when a boom truck tipped over. The Department of Labor & Industries, an agency designed to protect and advocate for workers, will do an investigation as to the cause of the accident. It will focus on the cause of the accident and what the general contractor could have done to make the construction site safer for not only its employees but also the employees of the various subcontractors working there.
The general contractor along with the employer of the boom truck operator owe a significant duty of care to all of he workers on the Microsoft jobsite. Workers injured on construction sites should not only seek workers compensation benefits, they should also consult with a personal injury attorney to see if they have what is known as a “third-party” claim. If they don’t take action the Department of Labor and Industries will hire an action to seek the reimbursement of the medical and time loss benefits paid but will not take vigorous action to seek damages for the workers pain, suffering or future economic losses. Injured workers should hire their own attorneys.
For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Worksite Injuries and Workers Compensation.