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Worker injured in backyard construction accident in Cherry Hills

Construction accidents are often caused by defective or poorly maintained equipment. When defective or poorly-maintained construction equipment causes accidents on worksites, injured workers may be wise to seek legal advice. The circumstances of the hazardous equipment may influence a workers’ decision to seek workers’ compensation or legal recourse. In some cases, for example, it is important to hold the manufacturers of defective construction equipment accountable after such accidents.

Last week, an explosion occurred at a construction site in Cherry Hills Village, and it may have been caused by a leaky propane tank.

The explosion happened on a home construction site on the 2600 block of East Stanford Drive, where workers were building a backyard pool. The workers had reportedly been using propane tanks to keep their equipment warm during the night hours.

When a worker lit one of the heaters Thursday morning, it exploded. The man suffered burn injuries and he was rushed from the scene of the explosion to a hospital. The extent of his injuries and his condition were not included in a CBS Denver report.

No one else was injured in the explosion, which firefighters suggested was caused by a leaking propane tank. The cause of the leak was not reported in the CBS story.

After any workplace injury takes place in Colorado, it is important for victims and their families to consider their rights. Injured workers should not have to be burdened by medical bills and lost wages, and in many cases it is possible to obtain compensation for these expenses as well as for pain and suffering.

Source: CBS Denver, “Man Injured In Propane Explosion During Pool Construction,” Dec. 12, 2013

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