Very few Hartford, Connecticut workers think about losing their life when they report to work. Rather, they placidly go about their daily tasks confident that today will be just like any other day on the job. But for those public workers who are employed by the various townships and cities of Connecticut, safety must play a very important role in the preparation of their daily jobs. They must constantly practice rigorous safety protocols every day, because a brief lapse of concentration can suddenly turn deadly.
Recently, a Tolland, Connecticut public works employee was killed while he was performing his job. The accident occurred when a dump truck, which was also from the Tolland Public Works Department, began to back up on a road that was being repaired. The Tolland worker was making repairs to winter potholes on this stretch of road. According to a report, the truck struck the worker as it was backing up. The injured worker was flown to Hartford Hospital but was pronounced dead there. The driver of the dump truck was also taken to a hospital as well.
The funeral for the 50-year-old man was attended by family, friends, relatives and hundreds of public works employees. These employees came from Tolland and other Connecticut towns, as well as towns in New England, to show their support for the family. During the funeral procession, many public work trucks followed the cars and met up at the cemetery where the man was laid to rest. The deceased leaves behind a wife and two daughters.
Unfortunately, fatal accidents can be a far too common experience for public road workers. Everyone who drives on these roads must be constantly aware of the dangers that cars and trucks present. Slowing down and obeying all applicable traffic rules is paramount if road safety is to be maintained. The family of a public works employee who lost his or her life through the negligence of another person may be able to seek compensation for their loss through a wrongful death lawsuit.
Source: wtnh.com. “Dump truck hits, kills Tolland employee filling potholes.” March 19, 2015