Along with protecting their workers against on-the-job injuries, company owners in Colorado and across the country must also protect their employees against workplace violence. There have been instances in which workers have been injured at work due to assault. After an alleged violent attack by an employee, a supervisor in another state landed in the hospital with serious injuries.
According to a police report, a call was received by 911 about an incident at a construction site. Upon their arrival, a severely injured supervisor was found, buried under some soil. The employee who called 911 reportedly told officials that another worker had assaulted the supervisor. According to the witness, the worker was unhappy about a remark made by the foreman.
He allegedly dropped a load of soil from a front-end loader onto the supervisor and then fetched a second load which he also dumped on his boss — pinning him down. He then, reportedly, proceeded to bash the man over the head with an aluminum instrument while allegedly cursing and laughing. The foreman was hospitalized with a bleeding brain and a fractured skull, and he was reportedly scheduled for surgery.
The attacker now faces criminal charges. The injured supervisor will be entitled to pursue financial relief for the surely substantial medical expenses he will have to face. Also, the time that he will be absent from work will depend on the severity of the injuries, and lost wages may be a concern. Any employees in Colorado who have been injured at work may file benefits claims with the workers’ compensation insurance program. Losses related to medical expenses will be compensated, and wage replacement that is typically based on the average weekly wage of the injured worker will also be awarded.
Source: newser.com, “Cops: Construction Worker Buries Boss in Tons of Dirt“, Michael Harthorne, June 4, 2016