Colorado workers in all industries have a right to safe workplace environments. Employers must comply with the safety regulations that are prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Along with taking all the necessary steps to prevent workers from being injured at work, adequate training must be provided to ensure employees know how to effectively utilize personal protective equipment.
A worker in a neighboring state recently lost his life in a workplace accident at a renewable energy plant. An incident report indicates that the 62-year-old worker was on a walkway or scaffolding structure when he fell approximately 35 feet to the ground. The circumstances that led to the fall are not known. However, it was reported that, although the man was wearing fall protection, he had — for some reason — unhooked the safety harness for a moment.
The office of the county sheriff reported that the severely injured worker was rushed to a medical facility. Sadly, he was declared dead upon arrival at the hospital. The investigation is ongoing and, as in all fatal workplace accidents, OSHA will also launch an investigation to determine whether the fatality was the result of a safety violation.
The family of the worker who was fatally injured at work is entitled to pursue death benefits through the Colorado workers’ compensation insurance system. Benefits typically cover the costs of a funeral and burial along with some level of financial assistance based on the decedent’s most recent wage level. This benefit helps assist dependents with living expenses in the time immediately after the tragic loss for a predetermined period.
Source: 1049maxcountry.com, “Workplace accident at ethanol plant results in death”, March 9, 2016