Those who work in dangerous professions in Colorado may be at risk every time they show up to work. However, with proper safety precautions in place, employees should not fear being seriously injured or even losing their life at work.
The good news is the number of workplace fatalities is down. The bad news? The numbers are likely to rise. The number of deaths in the workplace is down 1.7 percent in the last two years, down 22 percent in just over a decade. These decreases are credited to efforts by employers, industry organizations and employees to increase safe practices in the workplace. Further, regulations regarding workplace safety have been clarified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the organization charged with workplace safety.
When a loved one dies in a terrible accident, family members may be at a loss as to what to do next. Many people may be overwhelmed at the cost of a funeral and dealing with the accident victim's debts. If that family member was the primary earner, the thought of moving forward without his or her income is as frightening as the person's death is tragic. For these family members, it is often important to contact a lawyer to sign up for workers' compensation death benefits.
Although it may seem rare for someone to die at work, there were 80 on-the-job deaths in Colorado last year. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has recently released the data from its annual Census of Fatal Occupation Injuries, which documents all the work-related deaths for 2010.
If a spouse is killed on the job, the surviving spouse is entitled to two-thirds of the wage the spouse earned prior to his or her death. These benefits continue for the rest of the surviving spouse's life, or until remarriage. In the event of remarriage, the spouse gets the equivalent of two years of death benefits.