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Home moving company owner's leg crushed in workplace accident

Anybody who is involved in the daily moving of objects that weigh thousands of pounds will likely be aware of his or her vulnerability. The son of a 53-year-old house mover in North Dakota says despite his father's awareness of safety and the hazards he faced every day, he suffered a severe injury in a workplace accident on a recent Tuesday. It is not yet certain whether surgical procedures saved this man's leg.

Reportedly, the man was a member of a crew working on a project to divert flood waters in an area south of Fargo. Some homes were being demolished while others were moved. The process involved the moving of massive metal beams, and piling them on top of each other. It was during such a maneuver that the soft soil shifted and caused the beam on top to slide off.

The 13,000-pound beam trapped the man's leg when he failed to move away in time. His son says the leg fracture was so bad that bones were sticking out of his leg, and paramedics rushed him to a hospital while he suffered severe pain. After initial surgery, it was reported that the nerves were not damaged, despite the multiple fractures, torn muscles and damaged arteries. Further surgery is scheduled for the placement of a plate in his leg.

While it is not yet certain whether this man's leg can be saved, mounting medical expenses will likely be cause for concern. Any employee who is a victim of a workplace accident in North Dakota is typically eligible for workers' compensation benefits. However, this man is the owner of the home moving company, and may not qualify for compensation. A consultation with an experienced workers' compensation attorney might provide answers to questions about eligibility.

Source: inforum.com, "House mover recovering from serious injury in Oxbow accident", Robin Huebner, Sept. 6, 2017

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