Colorado construction workers understand that they face numerous hazards while at a job site. Most employers implement accepted safety measures, and most employees use the proper safety equipment, in order to reduce or eliminate predictable dangers. Sometimes, however, workers end up needing medical treatment for dangers that are not quite as predictable — like being struck by lightning.
A new apartment building is under construction on the northeast side of Colorado’s second largest city. During a recent storm, a portion of the building being worked on by five men was struck by lightning sometime before 1:35 p.m., which is the approximate time that emergency personnel were called to the scene. Upon arrival, they discovered that all five of the men suffered injuries, but only three of them were transported to the hospital. The other two chose not to be transported.
The current conditions of the other three men were not reported. The only other information provided on them is that one of the men suffered severe injuries and, at last report, was considered to be in critical or serious condition. It could be some time before it is known whether he will be able to make a full recovery.
Fortunately, each of the injured men may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to help with the financial losses that accompany an on-the-job accident. Benefits are available to cover the costs associated with medical treatment and loss of income. Depending on the circumstances, a worker may need additional benefits such as permanent disability or training for a new vocation. It may be beneficial for the injured party to consult with a workers’ compensation attorney to ensure that all applicable benefits are received.
Source: NBC News, “Colorado Construction Workers Hurt by Lightning Strike“, Andrew Blankstein, June 24, 2015