While construction work is a dangerous occupation, there are relatively few accidents reported in light of the vast number of projects that are constantly being carried out around the country. However, construction work injuries do occur, and they can be serious in nature. Workers do have an insurance program in place that is intended to provide monetary aid when one suffers a work-related accident or illness. This program is available in some form in every state, including Colorado.
Recently, there was a report of three workers suffering injuries when the future church building they were working in, sustained damage after a section of the roofing caved in. The men were working on a planned expansion to the original church space when the accident occurred. The goal for that morning was to install more of the roof support structures when the existing ones fell.
The men were in an aerial work basket when the roof supports fell on them. In addition, a heavy, steel beam also came down on top of the men’s work station. While the workers were trapped in the debris, it was reported that they did not suffer any crush injuries. Rescue crews responded quickly and the workers were freed and taken to a local medical facility.
There has been no public statement concerning the nature of the construction injuries that the men suffered. It was reported that the men were able to communicate with the rescue crews which could be a promising sign that none of the sustained injuries were terribly traumatic. Nevertheless, all three could be out of work for awhile and may require assistance from the workers’ compensation program. Colorado workers who also suffer a work accident and need assistance from the program can seek information if they encounter any difficulties or have questions when attempting to file such a claim.
Source: kare11.com, 3 hurt in construction accident at Nisswa church, Allen Costantini, Sept. 21, 2013