Midwest Workers Suffer On The Job Injuries This Week

06 Nov, 2020 Liz Carey


Oklahoma City, OK (WorkersCompensation.com) - A lineman, a construction worker and a contractor are all suffering this week after being hurt in accidents on the job.

In Oklahoma, an electrical lineman from Iowa is in critical condition after receiving an electrical shock. The MidAmerican Energy worker is in Oklahoma working with Oklahoma Gas & Electric helping to restore power after the state was hit by an historic ice storm last week.

According to a GoFundMe page set up for the family, Marshall Rosenblad was working on non-energized wire when he came into contact with a live wire and was shocked.

OG&E said their thoughts and prayers were with the worker.

“An assisting utility crew employee was injured in Oklahoma City earlier this afternoon. The assisting employee has been transported to the hospital for treatment,” the company said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleague and we are in contact with his home company to help in any way possible. Few details are known at this time. Safety in an integral part of the OG&E culture and we are working closely with the proper authorities to investigate the cause of the incident.”

In Lenexa, Kan., a construction worker was injured when a trench at a construction site caved in on him.

According to the Lenexa Fire Department, fire fighters responded to the incident just before 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 2.

When they arrived, they found that the worker had already been removed from the trench, but that the incident had resulted in the amputation of the worker’s right arm just below the shoulder.

Fire fighters treated the injury with a tourniquet before transporting the worker to the hospital.

The incident is under investigation, officials said.

And in College Station, Texas, a contractor with a construction company was seriously injured on Nov. 4 when he fell into an empty wastewater reservoir.

The contractor was working on the city’s Lick Creek Wastewater Treatment plant when he fell about 22-feet into the empty reservoir, officials said.

After treating and stabilizing the worker, firefighters and medics used ropes to get him out of the reservoir, said CSFD Captain Stuart Marrs.

“He was seriously injured, but stable,” Marrs told KBTX.

The worker was airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The accident comes just five months after a worker in Houston fell into a wastewater treatment plant reservoir and died.

The city of Houston employee fell into a tank at the 69th St Wastewater Treatment Plant, on May 20, 2020.

Police in that incident said the man was cleaning the tank when he fell in. The tank was filled with water at the time. Although other workers tried to pull the employee out of the water, they were unable to save him and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.







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