As Colorado residents know, a work place is usually a safe environment; however, unexpected accidents happen every day. While the nature of some jobs may encompass greater risks, every profession has the potential for unforeseen work injuries. Recently, a construction worker in the New England area was injured on the job.
According to reports, the construction worker was operating an excavator on a house when he was suddenly thrown from the operator’s seat. The man was trapped between the house and machine. Firefighters used an airbag mechanism to lift the machine off of the worker. Once the man was released, helpers administered CPR. The victim was rushed to a local medical facility and died sometime after arrival.
This story is a great reminder of the potential risks and injuries that we face at work. If you are injured on the jobsite, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Colorado’s workers’ compensation system was developed to ensure that workers would get sufficient medical treatment after a work-related injury. Furthermore, the program allows injured workers to receive a portion of their wages as they recover.
In sum, as an injured employee, you may recover compensation for wage losses, medical treatment, a permanent disability or death benefits. In the context of this story, the construction worker’s dependents could potentially have a claim for death benefits. This is because compensation is available for dependents when an individual has died in a work-related accident.
If you have been injured at work, you may want to speak to an attorney about benefits.
Source: NBC Connecticut, “Man killed in construction accident,” Jennifer Pineiro, Jan. 12, 2012