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Sanitation worker injured in accident

A sanitation employee in North Carolina was injured after being struck by a vehicle on Nov. 19. The 59-year-old worker was employed by Winston-Salem. The incident happened at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Darwick road in Winston-Salem. The woman driving the SUV claims she saw the sanitation truck but did not see the employee in time to avoid the collision. The investigation is still ongoing, but the driver of the SUV has not been charged with any crimes.

The sanitation worker was brought to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in serious condition. The driver inside the sanitation truck said the victim already had blood coming from his head by the time he reached him. Local officials claim that two other city employees, both police, have been injured in auto accidents since the start of 2013. Three other cities nearby have not had any incident in the past six years.

Officials from all three nearby cities attest to sanitation work as being one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. A police captain noted that frequent intermingling with motorists traveling the roadways puts the sanitation employees at an increased risk. In an effort to reduce the risk of these accidents occurring, many cities have chosen to invest in sanitation vehicles that use a mechanical arm to retrieve the garbage cans. However, conventional workers are still required to perform services like picking up yard debris.

Employees who suffer a workplace injury at the job site often benefit from obtaining legal representation. Lawyers may be effective at investigating the accident and identifying any of the parties who may be held liable for the resulting injuries. Legal counsel might also be able to assist injured workers in receiving adequate medical coverage and wage benefits that are guaranteed by law.

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