Although it may not be on many workers’ minds when they go to work each day, the risk of suffering an injury while on the job is ever-present. When construction injuries occur, the workers injured may have a long road to recovery, which can keep them out of work for a substantial period of time. Although this process may be difficult, thankfully there are laws in place in Colorado that can assist the workers in receiving the treatment they need.
Officials are still trying to figure out just what happened in an out-of-state construction accident that sent four workers to the hospital. Rescue officials were called to the scene of the accident around 11 a.m. When they arrived, they discovered that the framing for a large barn had collapsed, trapping several workers.
Rescue officials could not get to the victims immediately due to the threat of another collapse. However, they were finally able to extract the workers from the site and transport them to a local Texas hospital. Three of the injured workers have been listed as being in critical condition. It is unknown what degree of injuries the fourth has suffered.
As is the case with most construction injuries, there will likely be an investigation into what caused this accident. OSHA and other officials may look at the worksite to see if the proper safety procedures had been followed. Luckily for the injured individuals, they will not have to wait for this report to be issued for them to receive compensation for their injuries, as workers compensation benefits will, like in Colorado, likely be available to the workers as they work on their recovery.
Source: Huffington Post, “Texas A&M Construction Accident Leaves Four Workers Injured,” June 22, 2013