A Seattle construction worker was injured on the job early Wednesday. The worker, a man in 20s, was about 50 feet down in a hole when he was hit with an air hose. The air hose hit the worker hard enough to cause cuts and bruising to his abdominal area.
The injured man was rescued by firefighters who lowered a stretcher in to the hole and then used a crane to lift the man out. He was then transported to Harborview Medical Center.
In the state of Washington employees cannot–under most circumstances–bring suit directly against their employers. However, when there is a construction accident the injured employee of a subcontractor can bring suit against the general contractor for not maintaining a safe jobsite. This remedy is in addition to workers compensation benefits (not in substitution for those benefits).
For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Worksite Injuries and Workers Compensation.