Individuals in Colorado and elsewhere use scaffolding in a variety of professions. While these temporary structures allow a worker to operate at heights that would otherwise be unreachable, they may also be somewhat hazardous, especially if not properly maintained. Three workers were injured in a recent construction accident after the scaffolding they were on suddenly broke, sending them all to the ground.
According to reports, the incident took place on the construction site of a new barn on a recent Monday morning. Three individuals were using scaffolding to perform work about 12 feet off the ground, when the structure suddenly broke, causing all three to fall onto the concrete floor beneath them. All three were transported to the hospital, and while two of them have been released, the other has apparently been transferred to another hospital for additional treatment.
Although there are a multitude of circumstances in which a workplace accident can take place, falls are some of the more prevalent causes of occupational injuries. When workers are forced to operate at heights, they may rely on safety gear and equipment to protect them from a potential disaster. Even a short fall off a ladder can do a great deal of harm to an individual, and the danger only increases the higher one is off the ground.
When a worker is seriously injured in a construction accident, the extensive costs of medical care can create a need for financial relief, especially when coupled with an extended period of recovery. Those who face similar circumstances may be entitled to relief through the workers’ compensation insurance system, but the process can be challenging to navigate alone. By speaking with an experienced attorney, a client in Colorado could obtain assistance in pursuing the compensation deserved through every applicable outlet.
Source: brookingsregister.com, “Three injured in construction accident“, Sept. 13, 2017