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Seeking financial relief when injured at work in Colorado

While certain jobs may be inherently more dangerous than others, there are certain risk factors that might be present regardless of profession. These risks pose a threat to the health of countless individuals in Colorado and across the country. Those who wish to avoid being injured at work might wonder what types of accidents are more common than others, and learn about ways to reduce or prevent them from taking place.

No matter what field a person works in, injuries to muscles can hinder one's ability to perform normal daily activities. Constantly lifting objects of any weight and shifting around repetitively can cause pain in various areas of the body, such as the neck and/or back. These injuries can be challenging to overcome, but studies suggest that proper training can go a long way in preventing them from occurring in the first place.

Assistance in pursuing compensation for occupational injuries

There are countless circumstances in which a work-related accident can occur. Whether on account of the negligence of an employee or employer in Colorado, defective equipment or simply just an accident, each incident has the potential to cause serious injury. Occupational injuries can be severe, though in certain scenarios they could be completely avoidable if the proper precautions are taken.

Studies from a previous period placed causes for injuries under two common categories, conditions and acts. Unsafe conditions have led to many accidents on the job site, and should be addressed accordingly to prevent further incident. Unsafe acts, however, are responsible for almost 90 percent of these incidents, according to this study, and although a significant amount of time has passed since it took place, these incidents continue to be an issue.

1 injured, 1 dead after fall-related construction accident

With the ever-increasing number of buildings in many cities in Colorado and across the country, the amount of space to place others may be limited. Since space can be an issue, companies may choose to go higher instead of longer. Although advancements in structural integrity might make these building safe, the individuals who erect them are often required to operate at great heights in the process. A recent construction accident left one worker with serious injuries, while another lost his life, after a three-story fall.

According to reports, the men were operating out of a third-story window at the construction site of an apartment complex. A lift was apparently hoisting a crate up to the window, where the men were unloading materials. At some point, the men were outside the window working from the crate when it suddenly fell, pulling them to the ground with it. One man survived the fall but was injured in the process, while the other was pronounced dead on-site.

Seeking Social Security disability benefits for mental conditions

Individuals in Colorado who suffer from mental conditions often find it challenging to perform certain tasks on a regular basis. An inability to maintain certain tasks, such as employment, can create various difficulties in life. For those who are struggling to get by on account of a debilitating condition, they may choose to apply for Social Security disability benefits for mental conditions.

Disability benefits are available for many individuals who are unable to maintain gainful employment due to a variety of mental impairments. These can include anything from schizophrenia and autism to depression and anxiety. Although these may be some of the most common conditions, there are a multitude of disorders that might make a person eligible to receive benefits.

Workplace injury proves fatal for man who was ran over by a semi

Tractor-trailers offer a variety of benefits to Colorado companies that are required to transport heavy loads. While these vehicles significantly reduce the difficulty of moving materials from site to site, the inherent size and weight of a semi can also pose a risk to anyone nearby. A man was recently run over by a semi in another state while performing maintenance on the vehicle, ultimately resulting in a fatal workplace injury.

According to reports, a 52-year-old man was working on a tractor-trailer at a local lumber company. Upon opening the cab and starting the semi, it began to roll backwards. He was knocked down and run over by the front wheels. Early investigations suggest that the vehicle was in reverse at the time, and that his death was apparently accidental.

Construction accident on site of new Facebook building injures 2

Individuals who are operating at the construction site of a new building may face various dangers while on the job. Workers in Colorado are generally required to follow safety procedures and use proper equipment to reduce the risk of a dangerous construction accident. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to account for every possible circumstance. Two men in another state recently suffered injuries while performing construction on a new Facebook building.

According to reports, the men were about 40-feet above ground while assembling steel framing when the beam fell. After falling around 20 feet, the beam apparently collided with various parts of the building, subsequently throwing the men toward the ground. Officials have advised that both were wearing safety harnesses at the time, which apparently kept them from hitting the ground and potentially saved their lives.

Demolition project employee suffers fatal workplace injury

Certain professions are inherently considered to be much more dangerous than others. Individuals in Colorado who work in fields such as demolition are often subjected to intense safety training to reduce the chance of a dangerous incident. Unfortunately, preventing every accident in the workplace can be challenging. A man in another state recently suffered a fatal workplace injury while operating at a demolition site.

The man had apparently worked for the company for around nine years. He was working on a structure demolition project at the time, when an accident occurred that claimed his life. While investigators have yet to identify the exact cause of the incident, the company in question has advised that it will cooperate fully with further investigations.

Guidance for individuals in need of Social Security Disability

Countless individuals across the country have suffered serious injuries that make it difficult to perform everyday tasks. Many of these individuals may find themselves temporarily or permanently unable to work, which can lead to periods of significant financial struggle. A person in Colorado who is facing a similar situation may wish to file for Social Security Disability, but he or she may be uncertain of how to proceed.

If a person is suffering from a physical and/or mental condition that inhibits his or her ability to perform work-related tasks, which has lasted or will last a period of 12 months or greater, he or she may be eligible for disability. Individuals may be required to prove themselves incapable of a certain level of performance at any type of employment. Some areas that may indicate an inability to work could be issues with basic activities such as walking, lifting and communication.

Man listed in critical condition following construction accident

Many construction companies across the country frequently use heavy machinery for assistance in performing numerous tasks. Machines such as a boom lift make it easier for workers in Colorado to perform tasks at various heights. However, these machines do involve a certain level of risk, often depending on the maintenance of the machine and the stability of the surrounding area. A recent construction accident involving a lift left a man in another state in critical condition.

According to reports, the crew was working at a condominium complex when the lift overturned, subsequently tossing a worker up to 40 feet away. Early investigation suggests that he may have hit his head on nearby rocks and a tree in the process. He was rushed to a hospital where he is apparently listed in critical condition. Another worker was inside the lift at the time, but he reportedly suffered only minor injuries.

Crane accidents often involve serious injury, or worse

Construction companies are often required to use cranes to transport materials around a job site. While there are numerous benefits to using one, there may also be a certain level of risk involved. Many individuals in Colorado have been involved in crane accidents over the years, which often lead to serious injury, or worse. A man in another state has died following a recent accident under similar circumstances.

The man was a Portuguese immigrant who was working at a union construction site at the time of the incident. According to reports, a load fell off a crane and hit the man, killing him in the process. The Buildings Department in the city in which the accident took place has reportedly initiated an investigation.