Colorado employees should be able to have an expectation of safety in the workplace, ending each work day by being able to go home uninjured. Yet accidents do occur on the job, and are sometimes the result of employers not taking proper measures to ensure employee safety. When workplace accidents do occur in the Colorado, this should be an indication that more safety measures need to be put into place to provide further protection for workers on the job.
One 56-year-old bridge worker was recently injured on the job when he fell about 30 feet into a draw bridge's maintenance pit, landing on the pit's concrete floor. Area firefighters responded to the call for emergency assistance, and worked to rescue the man from the pit. It was reported that the worker was in extreme pain following the fall. It was thought he may have broken his leg and could have neck and back injuries, as well.
Fortunately, the man was extracted from the pit by way of special rigging. He had been placed on a back board and had a neck brace on, just in case the removal aggravated his potential neck and back injuries. Any time an employee sustains an at-work neck injury, he or she should seek immediate medical assistance, as these types of injuries could lead to paralysis or difficulty moving and working.
When neck or back injuries do happen, it is also important to work with a workers' compensation attorney to apply for worker injury benefits. These benefits will help cover the cost of medical bills, recovery time and other expenses arising out of an on-the-job injury.
Source: Norwalk Patch, "DOT Worker Falls 30 Feet into Pit at Norwalk's Stroffolino Bridge," Patrick Barnard, Nov. 3, 2012
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