Construction workers in Colorado have challenging jobs that expose them to a variety of hazards. Some of the most common no-fault work injuries in this industry result from slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents. These workers have to cope with the many elevations typically found on construction sites, including going up and down scaffolding, scaling ladders and navigating through debris and clutter. Slippery walkways are par for the course and not only during icy conditions.
Falls can occur when hazards like spills are not reported and barricaded or blocked off until they have been addressed. Tools and equipment that are left lying around instead of being correctly stored are trip hazards, and gaps and holes must be covered or fitted with railings or safeguards. Unprotected edges of any height are hazardous.
Scaffolds must comply with safety regulations, and workers should not be on them during the typical Colorado summer thunderstorms. Ladders must be inspected for defects before every use and taken out of service until they have been repaired. Workers who move about loading docks face hazards of unsecured vehicles, dockboards with gaps, unprotected edges and poor lighting.
Construction workers in Colorado are protected by the workers’ compensation insurance system that covers no-fault work injuries. It means that benefits can be claimed regardless of who was at fault. However, the claims process could be challenging, especially for workers who have to navigate it while trying to recover from injuries. Fortunately, the services of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can be obtained to deal with the administrative and legal proceedings in pursuit of compensation for medical expenses and lost wages.