A worker was fighting for his life in a California hospital after he was critically injured in a workplace accident on a recent Saturday evening. The tragedy occurred in a parking lot that served as a shuttle lot for a football game that took place at the Rose Bowl. The injured man, who is believed to be in his 70s, was the supervisor at the parking lot in Pasadena on the night of a UCLA game. Reportedly, there were no other injured workers.
The Pasadena police noted that they were called to the scene of an accident at the parking lot at approximately 11 p.m. An accident report indicates that the elderly supervisor was operating a utility cart when he stopped to collect some rubbish in the path ahead. As he exited the electric cart, he instructed the co-worker who traveled with him to take over control of the vehicle.
It is suspected that the other person unintentionally caused the emergency brake to disengage, or he may have accidentally engaged the accelerator. The utility cart lunged toward the supervisor, who was in front of it by that time. The elderly man was knocked down, hitting his head against the asphalt. He was rushed to a hospital with severe head injuries and reportedly underwent emergency surgery. His current condition is unknown.
California workers who have suffered head trauma may have to deal with long-term consequences. In many cases, injured workers may not be able to return to their previous occupation for a long time, if ever. Financial relief is available through the workers’ compensation insurance fund. Along with medical expenses and lost income, workers who are rendered physically disabled by a workplace accident may be entitled to additional compensation.
Source: pasadenastarnews.com, “Elderly parking lot attendant critically injured in workplace accident“, Brian Day, Sept. 20, 2015