Construction company owners in Colorado and all other states are responsible for the safety and health of their employees. Federal and state safety agencies govern workplace safety compliance with prescribed regulations. It is often said that many workers' compensation claims for death benefits might have been avoided if safety rules had not been violated.
Workers who build and repair the roads of Colorado put their lives on the line with every shift they work. Too many construction zone workers have been injured at work because of negligent drivers who pass the zones without caution. On a recent Tuesday morning, a construction worker was critically injured in Thornton.
Maintenance workers in Colorado and other states face many different safety hazards as they go about their duties. The same goes for similarly employed people elsewhere, as was reported by a recreation center in a neighboring state. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that the agency is investigating an accident that led to the death of a maintenance worker. The incident may result in a workers' compensation claim for death benefits.
Utility workers and others who are involved in cleaning-up operations after storms in Colorado and elsewhere may not realize that they are putting their lives on the line. While flood waters can contain a brew of toxic chemicals and mold that could lead to long-term health problems, cutting damaged trees can be deadly -- particularly near power lines. This was precisely what led to an incident in another state in which a man was fatally injured at work.
Workers in the oil and gas industry in Colorado and other states often risk their lives during every shift they work. Sadly, many lives are lost, leaving surviving families reliant on death benefits from the workers' compensation insurance system. The availability of these benefits may also ease the unanticipated financial burden of the surviving family members of a man in another state who lost his life in a workplace accident on a recent Wednesday morning.
Workers in Colorado who use mechanical equipment such as elevated work platforms do not always realize how hazardous their jobs are. The slightest error in judgment or concentration lapse can result in someone being fatally injured at work. This might have been the cause of an accident that recently claimed the life of a construction company employee east of Durango.
One of the biggest hazards facing construction workers, particularly those who work in road construction, is struck-by incidents. The Center for Construction Research and Training says between 2011 and 2015, 804 construction workers lost their lives after suffering struck-by injuries. The number of deaths resulting from being struck by equipment was slightly higher than those that were struck by vehicles. These figures represent construction workers nationwide, including Colorado, who lost their lives but exclude those that suffered a permanent disability or less severe consequences.
Following up on our blog post about an explosion in Weld County from June 7 ("Death benefits claim possible following Colorado explosion"), investigators have now reported their findings of the cause. It was a tragic event in which four contract workers were injured at work, and one of them succumbed to his injuries. Although the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have not concluded their investigations, the Mountain View Fire Protection District announced its findings.
Trenches present some of the most deadly hazards in the construction injury, and employers nationwide, including in Colorado, must comply with safety regulations. Compliance is the only way in which to prevent tragedies that sometimes leave families with nothing more than workers' compensation death benefits. This was the fate of a family in another state after the death of a 19-year-old worker in a trench.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has a list of strict safety regulations related to the use of forklifts in Colorado and all other states. Only employees who have received appropriate training are allowed to operate any type of lift truck, and there are multiple rules with which they must comply. Unfortunately, these regulations are often disregarded -- sometimes resulting in employees being fatally injured at work.