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Rise in Colorado construction could mean rise in workman's comp

Colorado citizens are hard-working and dedicated to their chosen professions. Some job industries carry more risk than others, like the construction industry. Workers that are injured on the job have the right to file for workman's comp benefits that can help offset the varied costs of their injury. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration warns that a recent increase in deaths related to the construction industry may continue, meaning more families may have need of these benefits.

OSHA has been dispatching its representatives all over the country due to this reported rise in construction industry deaths. Five different locations in different states suffered fatal work-related incidents that required investigation in just the span of one week. In 2012 -- the most recent year with complete statistical data -- over 800 construction employees in the United States died while working, which is 9 percent higher than the previous year.

According to OSHA, the recent rise in construction deaths is partially due to the rise in activity in that field of work. More workers with less experience are beginning to work in construction, and their unfamiliarity with their new jobs could also be contributing to an increase in fatal accidents. The takeaway, according to OSHA representatives, is that construction companies need to focus on safety, proper training and fall prevention -- the latter being a significant cause of construction deaths.

If construction employees in Colorado or elsewhere are injured or killed while on the job, they or their families have the right to file for workman's comp. These benefits can be used to cover lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses or other costs associated with this a work-related accident. OSHA is hopeful that construction companies will take proper safety precautions, but if the unthinkable does occur, families have several options available to them.

Source: betterroads.com, "OSHA official: Further increase in construction deaths likely; triggered by uptick in activity, less-experienced workers", Wayne Grayson, July 30, 2014

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