When Colorado families lose loved ones in fatal workplace accidents, they typically have to deal with unanticipated financial hardship at a time when they might be overwhelmed by grief. Fortunately, in most cases, the workers’ compensation insurance program offers death benefits to ease the stress related to the high costs of funerals and burials. Furthermore, survivors’ benefits include wage replacement packages to make up for lost income.
After the deaths of two workers in El Paso County on a recent Thursday, their loved ones might find comfort in knowing that financial assistance is available. Reportedly, one of the deceased workers was a 25-year-old man, and the other one was 24 years old. The incident occurred in the vicinity of the Ray Nixon Power Plant while the men took soil samples.
They gathered these samples as part of the preparation for the expanding of the main entrance to the power plant. A spokesperson for the Colorado Springs Utilities’ Energy Supply Division says their truck made contact with an overhead power line that carries a 12,250-volt stream of electricity. Both men were electrocuted at the scene. Authorities say a third worker was not injured because he was standing farther away from the truck when it hit the power line.
It appears as if the 24-year-old man was the owner of the drilling company that was contracted to do the work. A lawyer can help the surviving families of the accident victims to assess their right to pursue claims for death benefits. An experienced Colorado workers’ compensation attorney can explore all of their options for legal recourse and assist along every step of the process.
Source: gazette.com, “Two workers electrocuted near Ray Nixon Power Plant identified“, Liz Forster, May 15, 2018