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Permanent disability or death can follow struck-by injuries

One of the biggest hazards facing construction workers, particularly those who work in road construction, is struck-by incidents. The Center for Construction Research and Training says between 2011 and 2015, 804 construction workers lost their lives after suffering struck-by injuries. The number of deaths resulting from being struck by equipment was slightly higher than those that were struck by vehicles. These figures represent construction workers nationwide, including Colorado, who lost their lives but exclude those that suffered a permanent disability or less severe consequences.

Worker's death after being injured at work explained

Following up on our blog post about an explosion in Weld County from June 7 ("Death benefits claim possible following Colorado explosion"), investigators have now reported their findings of the cause. It was a tragic event in which four contract workers were injured at work, and one of them succumbed to his injuries. Although the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have not concluded their investigations, the Mountain View Fire Protection District announced its findings.

Family may claim death benefits after fatal trench collapse

Trenches present some of the most deadly hazards in the construction injury, and employers nationwide, including in Colorado, must comply with safety regulations. Compliance is the only way in which to prevent tragedies that sometimes leave families with nothing more than workers' compensation death benefits. This was the fate of a family in another state after the death of a 19-year-old worker in a trench.

Forklifts can be deadly -- press operator fatally injured at work

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has a list of strict safety regulations related to the use of forklifts in Colorado and all other states. Only employees who have received appropriate training are allowed to operate any type of lift truck, and there are multiple rules with which they must comply. Unfortunately, these regulations are often disregarded -- sometimes resulting in employees being fatally injured at work.

Death benefits claim possible following Colorado explosion

A Colorado family may pursue financial assistance through the workers' compensation insurance system for the state in the aftermath of a workplace tragedy. A claim for death benefits may be appropriate following the recent death of a construction worker. Authorities say this was the third fatality within two months that could be linked to oil and gas properties owned by Anadarko in Colorado.

Construction worker fatally injured at work after fall from roof

Working at heights will always be hazardous. Too many workers are fatally injured at work in fall accidents, and many victims wear no fall protection. One such a fatal workplace accident recently claimed the life of an employee of a Colorado Springs company. The company is one of the contractors working on the expansion of a sports center in another state.

April 28 is Workers' Memorial Day

Every year, about 4,000 people are killed while working in the U.S. and about 4 million suffer injuries. To honor those who have died in workplace accidents and to underscore the need for workplace safety, the AFL-CIO established Workers' Memorial Day on April 28, 1970. Every year since then, April 28 has been designated as a day of remembrance in the U.S., and the practice has spread to at least 17 countries. By coincidence, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was established exactly one year later.

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