Many businesses in Colorado and across the country put a great deal of effort into reducing the chances of an accident in the workplace. However, even with numerous safety precautions and procedures in place, preventing every incident could prove challenging, especially when employees are required to perform in and around unstable environments. A recent slip-and-fall accident at a job site in another state resulted in the death of a 36-year-old contractor.
According to reports, the man was a contractor for an engineering consulting firm who was working at a power plant in the area. While on the jobsite on a recent Thursday, officials say the man slipped and fell into a nearby coal ash pond. As of the next day, his body had yet to be recovered, and they claim it could take several days to do so due to an instability in the surrounding area, which would reportedly make any attempt at recovery dangerous.
Although an investigation into the incident is underway, it is unclear what might have caused the fatal incident to occur. Working around unstable ground can be dangerous, and a collapse in the surrounding area, even if only a minor one, could prove catastrophic. Before opening a job site, companies may be required to survey the area for hazards, but such occurrences can be difficult to predict, potentially leaving workers to suffer the consequences.
Slip-and-fall accidents can be dangerous, and the financial ramifications of such a tragic incident could leave surviving loved ones in search of financial relief. Those who face similar circumstances could be eligible to receive benefits through the workers’ compensation insurance system. Since the process can be complex, one could choose to speak with an attorney in Colorado for assistance in pursuing the full amount of compensation available through every applicable source.
Source: wdrb.com, “Coroner releases name of KU contractor who died in workplace accident in Ghent, Kentucky“, Oct. 5, 2017