A fatal workplace injury may inflict severe emotional and financial trauma on a family after they lose their loved one. Organizing arrangements and preparing an estate can sometimes be overwhelming when the household income has unexpectedly ceased. A Colorado man recently lost his life after suffering a workplace injury.
The young oil and gas employee was working at a local drilling site when a fitting ricocheted off of the rig. It smashed into the back of his head, taking his life instantly. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other state and federal authorities have initiated investigations to understand what may have caused the fitting to become dislodged and strike a man in the head.
In the past,er drilling sites owned by the same company have been in violation for numerous safety hazards and have been fined thousands of dollars. They included problems with electrical and fall hazards in addition to potential health and fire risks. An employee that works in an unsafe environment may be at greater risk for a serious accident or being fatally injured.
The family of the Colorado man that lost his life as a result of the workplace injury may face heavy financial burdens after funeral expenses and the loss of income. An employer is required to provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage for circumstances where a worker has been injured or killed at work. Some people may seek out help as they attempt to collect all available and provided compensation for the expenses of their deceased love one.
Source: eaglefordtexas.com, “Colorado officials investigate recent death of oil field worker“, Ross Torgerson Blm, Oct. 29, 2014