An Oconto County highway employee suffered a serious injury on the job that has kept him out of work since June 1. The employee from the Highway Department was injured when a dump truck ran over him. The county administrative coordinator said that the employee has been released from the hospital, but it will be months before he can return to work on restricted duty.

The incident happened just after 7:30 a.m., on June 1 on Highway 32 in Breed. There is a construction site on the highway. The dump truck was being backed up to an asphalt mill by another employee. The victim walked behind the truck and was hit on the shoulder by the tailgate.

The force of the blow knocked the employee to the ground and underneath the truck, where he held onto the drawbar before going entirely under the truck. The worker became trapped between the differentials of the truck’s rear axle. The worker was freed 30 minutes after the incident occurred and he was transported to a hospital via helicopter.

The worker is a foreman for the county, where he has worked for 24 years. His job duties have been reassigned to other employees while he is out of work. No violations or issues with the truck were found in an investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol inspector.

Being injured on the job can put you out of work for an extended period. An experienced personal injury attorney can examine your case and advise you as to the best course of action in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette, “County employee seriously injured in job site accident,” Kent Tempus, July 25, 2017