Working at heights will always be hazardous. Too many workers are fatally injured at work in fall accidents, and many victims wear no fall protection. One such a fatal workplace accident recently claimed the life of an employee of a Colorado Springs company. The company is one of the contractors working on the expansion of a sports center in another state.
Information about the tragedy is scarce, but police say they received an emergency call shortly before noon on a recent Monday. The caller said a worker had fallen off a roof. Paramedics arrived at the construction site to discover the worker had fallen from an estimated height of between 35 and 50 feet. The cause of the incident is unknown.
An ambulance rushed the critically injured worker to a hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries within an hour. Although police reported that they did not suspect foul play, reports did not indicate whether the worker was wearing fall protection at the time of the incident. This will be one of the things the investigators of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will look at during the investigation to determine the company’s compliance with safety regulations.
Whenever a Colorado worker is fatally injured at work, the surviving family members may pursue financial relief. They can file death benefits claims through the workers’ compensation insurance system of the state. However, in a case such as this one, the help of an experienced attorney may be an asset because it involves three states — the deceased worker’s home state, the state where he died and Colorado, which is the state in which he was employed.
Source: marlborough.wickedlocal.com, “Marlborough: OSHA probes death of construction worker“, Jeff Malachowski, May 9, 2017