Construction workers in Colorado and elsewhere are generally required to wear the proper safety gear while operating at a job site. However, while wearing the necessary equipment, such as a hard hat, may go a long way in increasing workplace safety, it might not always be enough. A recent construction accident has claimed the life of a 57-year-old man who was struck in the head by a pipe while on the job.
The incident took place on a recent Tuesday as the man was waiting for another worker to lower a pipe into a ditch. According to reports, the pipe suddenly broke loose from a cable and struck the man in the head. Upon arriving at the scene, emergency personnel were able to remove the man from the ditch and rush him to a medical facility, but he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
An investigation into the incident is likely underway, which may seek to determine what might have caused the pipe to come loose from the cable. When heavy duty materials are not safely secured, everyone working nearby could be placed in harm’s way. Falling objects can pose a significant threat to the health of a worker, and safety gear might not always provide complete protection against such materials.
Along with the emotional toll of losing someone close in a construction accident, a family may also experience financial hardships, potentially prompting a need to seek relief. Those who face a similar situation could speak with an attorney in Colorado for assistance in pursuing relief through the workers’ compensation insurance system. An attorney can also evaluate the incident thoroughly and assist a client in pursuing the full amount of compensation achievable through all applicable sources.
Source: indexjournal.com, “Coroner: Anderson man dies in construction accident“, Dec. 14, 2017