Construction companies in Colorado and elsewhere are constantly transporting and delivering materials to a variety of locations at a job site. With many of these materials being lifted to floors above the ground, those who work below face the risk of being struck by falling objects, especially if a load isn’t properly secured. A recent construction accident in another state led to the death of a 56-year-old man who was reportedly struck by a piece of sheet metal that fell from above.
According to reports, the incident took place just after 2 p.m. on a recent Wednesday. A pipe fitter was working on a renovation project at a local university when a piece of sheet metal suddenly fell from the building and struck him. Emergency responders arrived at the scene shortly after being notified, and although they attempted to treat him, he was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene.
An investigation into the incident is likely underway to determine what might have caused the piece of metal to come loose from the building. Heavy materials that are not properly secured can be exceedingly dangerous, potentially posing a threat to those nearby. Should a similar incident claim the life of a worker, his or her surviving loved ones might be forced to face a variety of hardships, emotional and financial alike.
Falling objects pose a threat to many construction workers, and should an accident prove fatal, the family of the victim may wish to pursue compensation, but they may be uncertain how to proceed. By speaking with an attorney, a client in Colorado could obtain assistance in navigating the process. An attorney can examine the incident and assist a client in pursuing the full amount of compensation entitled through every applicable outlet.
Source: fox8.com, “Construction worker dies after accident at Chester Avenue construction site“, Ann Domeck and Kevin Freeman, Oct. 11, 2017