Construction sites in Colorado and elsewhere can be busy areas with numerous groups working on separate projects all at once. With numerous heavy machines and hazards all around, communication and awareness may be key in preventing a dangerous accident. A 38-year-old man was recently killed in a construction accident after another worker reportedly struck him while driving a grader.
The construction worker was reportedly installing gas lines at the site on a recent Saturday evening when he was suddenly struck by grader, which is a heavy duty machine that is used to flatten surfaces. The worker was apparently crouched down at the time, and the driver of the grader may not have seen him. Although the machine didn’t run him over completely, the initial impact caused him to suffer a head injury.
Witnesses say the man was did not lose consciousness after being struck, and emergency responders were called out to the scene. However, upon arrival, they say he may have gone into cardiac arrest, and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. With numerous projects underway simultaneously at a construction site, backup indicators are crucial to letting others know when a machine is nearby, and awareness of other workers may be equally as important to avoiding a catastrophe.
A fatal construction accident is a tragic occurrence that can leave surviving family members to face numerous hardships, emotional and financial alike. When facing a similar situation, a family may be entitled to financial relief through the workers’ compensation insurance system, but the process can be complex. By speaking with an attorney, a client in Colorado could obtain assistance in navigating the process, as well as pursuing compensation through every other applicable source.
Source: statesman.com, “Worker killed in Georgetown construction accident identified”, Sean Collins Walsh, Sept. 3, 2017