It has been reported that a worker at a road construction site near Rocks State Park was killed while working on Jan. 16. The incident reportedly happened around 1:30 p.m. at the bottom of a ravine on MD Route 24.
Construction crews were engaged in a project to shore up the road. While in the ravine, two workers were struck when a jersey wall fell. The wall landed on one worker and debris pummeled the other. Three people were transported from the scene for treatment at the hospital, one of them in grave condition.
The worker who died was pronounced dead after arriving at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. The injured worker suffered injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening. The third transported worker reportedly suffered a medical event and required transport as well. The incident is under investigation by the Harford County Sheriff's Office as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The project the men were working on is one authorized by the Maryland State Highway Administration.
People who are seriously injured or killed while working on the job may either be left to face significant financial consequences, or they may leave behind families to bear them. Whether a person is an injured worker or the family of a worker who died in a workplace accident, workers' compensation may be available to provide compensation for suffered losses. Workers' compensation is a type of insurance coverage that most Maryland employers are required to carry. The coverage is to benefit workers who are injured or contract a disease on the job. Benefits may be available to pay for such things as medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, needed medical devices and monthly disability payments in the event an employee is rendered unable to return to work.
Source: Bel Air Patch, "Worker killed near Rocks State Park, officials say", Elizabeth Janney, Jan. 17, 2015