Hazardous conditions may be present at any job site. For those whose work takes them out on the streets and highways of British Columbia, however, there is an extra element of danger present at all times. A recent accident in which a tow-truck driver suffered a grievous workplace injury clearly illustrates the ever-present risks for those who work while exposed to traffic.
The accident happened on September 3, 2016, on the westbound side of Highway 1 in Abbotsford, about 75 kilometers outside of Vancouver. A tow-truck driver had stopped to load a minivan onto his flatbed in the late morning near Whatcom Road. A second truck struck the driver as he worked outside his vehicle.
Ambulances arrived at the scene by both road and air, and the victim, who remained conscious despite being seriously injured, was taken to hospital. Apparently, the driver suffered two broken legs, and he required surgery to help repair the damage. The highway was closed until mid-afternoon due to the accident.
Although British Columbia law requires drivers to slow down and move over when approaching emergency vehicles, there is still the danger of a workplace injury every time a worker has to perform his or her job on the pavement. In fact, nearly every profession has regulations in place to protect people from accidents at work. However, it is, unfortunately, impossible to remove the risk altogether. When a person is hurt on the job, a labour and employment law firm may be able to help those involved, both employees and employers, to reach a fair settlement.
Source: CTV News Vancouver, "Tow-truck operator struck by a vehicle on Highway 1", September 3, 2016