Many people in Aurora know that certain jobs can just be dangerous. Even though these jobs exist, it is a Colorado employer’s job to make sure that an employee is not risking his or her life just to do his or her job. Sadly, some employers in Aurora just don’t do enough to protect their workers, leading to serious injuries or even death.
It was a construction site accident that recently claimed the life of one worker and injured another after grout exploded on them. The two construction workers were alone in an underground tunnel when some of the material in the tunnel became loose. Tragically, the pressure caused the grout to explode onto the two men. Although one of the construction workers is recovering, the other succumbed to his fatal injuries.
If this kind of accident were to happen in Colorado, it is likely that both men or their families would receive some kind of workers’ compensation award. When an employee is injured on the job, he or she can typically claim workers’ compensation if he or she is forced to miss work to recover. In the most horrific of accidents, however, the family of a deceased employee can claim death and dependency benefits. Because the Colorado workers’ compensation system can be confusing, it is important to work closely with a construction site accident attorney to help file a claim.
It is unclear when the injured employee is expected to return to work or what kind of medical bills he accrued because of the accident.
Source: Star Tribune, “1 worker killed, another injured in Lake Mead tunnel besieged by construction problems,” Cristina Silva, June 12, 2012