For many years, the efforts of employers, lawmakers and agencies throughout the country have been to minimize accidents in the workplace. The country is better when our working environments are safer. Stopping serious and fatal accidents, of course, is one of the most pressing priorities in this safety initiative.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has just released its annual report on workplace fatalities and it contains some distressing news: workplace fatalities continue to their upward trend. In 2016, a total of 5,190 workers died from injuries suffered in the workplace. That's up from 4,836 fatalities in 2015, and represents an increase of 7.3 percent.
It's hard to imagine losing a spouse or a parent. The loss of a loved one will impact a family in many different ways. While this may seem like a fairly obvious statement, the truth of the matter is that people don't think about what happens after the death of a spouse or parent. But, once a tragic accident happens, families are forced to make difficult decisions. These decisions often involve finances, especially if the victim was the main provider.
Injuries at work can happen, no matter what work environment you are in. When an accident occurs, it is natural to consider how the injury will impact your ability to work and provide for your family. But what happens to your family? What happens to families of workers who are killed in on-the-job?
Not every job in Greeley is in the city or even easily accessible if an accident were to happen. While this can be dangerous, it would only make sense that those employees who don't have ready access to emergency services would be well trained and prepared for an emergency if it were to arise. Even with the best planning and training, however, accidents can and do happen, some of which are fatal.
Denver residents may be interested to learn that oil field workers have an inordinately high number of fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents. Oil and gas workers are 8.5 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident while on the job than workers in other industries, and the numbers are highest in small companies, particularly those with fewer than 20 employees.
Two construction workers were killed during a tragic accident along Colorado State Highway 470 late last month. The accident happened when an elderly driver drove off the side of the road, striking the two men who had been working on a road expansion project. In the aftermath of the accident, it is unlikely that the families of the men who died in the work-related accident are thinking about money, but they may want to consult a workers' compensation attorney to apply for death and dependency benefits.
With its numerous ski resorts, there will be many people on the slopes this season in Colorado. Just as people come from across the state, country and world to ski in the Rockies, there will be a similarly large number of native Coloradoans working in and around ski resorts. Though their jobs may seem like a lot of fun, they may also be quite dangerous. When someone is killed while working at a Colorado ski resort, his or her family members are eligible for death and dependency benefits as part of the workers' compensation program.
Under Colorado workers' compensation law, workers are entitled to collect benefits for workplace injuries as a result of accidents that occur on the job, but the question often arises -- was the victim actually at work when the accident occurred?
When many people think about dangerous jobs, they may not think of the people who work inside of grain silos. Tragically, however, these grain storage bins can be some of the deadliest "offices" in Colorado or across the United States. What is even worse, however, is that many of the 80 employees who have died in silo accidents since 2007 were teenage boys. A leading expert on grain storage accidents has documented over 800 critical silo accidents since 1970, but he also believes that the actual number of accidents might be much greater, as many entrapments are not reported.