Construction workers undoubtedly have one of the most dangerous jobs. Due to the many potential hazards, accidents at construction sites are sometimes inevitable. With clear thinking and the use of precautionary measures, many of these incidents may be prevented. Unfortunately, a Colorado-based construction company is now to blame for the death of an employee who was fatally injured at work due to unsafe work conditions.
While performing repairs to a lift at a Bayfield work site, a young man was tragically ejected from the device, falling around 40 feet and receiving wounds to his abdomen after landing on a survey stick. The victim was airlifted to St. Anthony’s Hospital in stable condition but later developed a staph infection causing his condition to worsen. Unfortunately, he passed away two days later.
Because of the accident, the construction company was fined by OSHA for safety violations that contributed to the worker’s death. In addition to the fine, two citations were also issued by OSHA for hazard exposure and lack of training. This unfortunate accident may have been prevented had the employee received the proper training and worn the designated body harness.
No one is ever prepared for the sudden loss of a family member. Colorado families who have lost a loved one as a result of an employer’s negligence may be eligible to receive death benefits to help cover funeral expenses and a percentage of the decedent’s lost wages. With the help of an experienced legal counsel, families can pursue any entitled benefits upon the passing of a loved one who was fatally injured at work.
Source: pinerivertimes.com, “Company fined for construction worker’s death in Bayfield”, Jonathan Romeo, Jan. 18, 2018