In what can only be described as a freak accident, one construction worker is recovering in the hospital after being airlifted from his work site. As of yet, the accident is still under investigation and there are very few details available, but it appears that the house the construction worker was building collapsed on top of him, crushing him.
It is undeniable that construction work in Denver County does come with certain risks. Being around that many power tools, construction supplies and heavy machinery could easily cause an accident, serious injury or death. But that is also why employers train employees. It is their responsibility to ensure that they are preparing their workers for a less-than-safe environment by providing them with training and protective equipment to do their jobs. When employers fail to do so, it can cause serious problems on Denver-area work sites.
Granted, we don’t know what caused this house to collapse, yet whether it was the fault of the employer, another employee or even the injured employee, it would not matter if he were applying for Colorado workers’ compensation. The program is designed to compensate any employee, regardless of fault, for the injuries he or she sustains on the job.
It is not yet known what the extent of the construction worker’s injuries is, nor whether he is expected to recover fully, but as he does, he may wish to contact a workers’ compensation attorney to discuss what steps he must take to successfully file for benefits.
Source: The Houston Chronicle, “Construction worker injured when house collapses,” Dale Lezon, March 7, 2013
Stop by our workers’ comp for construction workers page to learn more about how to apply for workers’ compensation in Denver County.