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Another worker injury at a Maryland concert venue

It was billed as the biggest rock event to hit the Eastern Shore. One worker isn't likely to remember it for the music, though. For him, the show in Salisbury will probably be recalled as the work accident that cost him part of his thumb.

Authorities say the 50-year-old man was working on setting up the stage last week in advance of the Chickenstock! Live concert at the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium on Saturday. The exact details of what happened haven't been reported. About all we know is that it happened about 4 p.m. Officials say the man was an employee of Light Action Productions in Delaware and was helping construct the stage and set when he suffered his injury.

By the time state trooper reached the scene, they say the man was already being treated by emergency medical services personnel. He was later taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for further treatment.

The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health office also responded and is investigating the matter. It's the second time this month that officials have been called out to such a scene. Earlier we posted about a work injury during set construction at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

On its face this story seems to suggest that this man may have a legitimate workers' compensation claim. What he may not know is that his sources for seeking compensation may be broader than he realizes. If there's proof faulty equipment, another contractor, or some other party with no connection to his employer was involved, compensation could also be sought from those entities. An attorney can help make a determination.

By the way, Chickenstock! Live came off as planned. Artists such as Kenny Loggins, Dionne Warwick, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, America and the Marshall Tucker Band all appeared.

Source: WBOC TV, "Worker injured while setting up for Chickenstock Live!," Sept. 23, 2011

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