For individuals in Colorado and across the nation who operate in the construction industry, using scaffolding to work at heights might be an everyday occurrence. While these mechanisms make certain duties significantly less difficult to perform, should a malfunction occur, the health of workers can be placed at significant risk. Three individuals have suffered injuries in a construction accident that took place under similar circumstances in another state.
The incident took place at around 10:30 a.m. on a recent Wednesday as the workers were using scaffolding to perform job-related duties inside an apartment building. For reasons unknown, the scaffolding suddenly collapsed, resulting in a fall of nearly 16 feet. All three workers were placed on stretchers and rushed to a medical facility for treatment, one of which was reportedly treated for serious injuries.
According to reports, officials are continuing to investigate the incident, likely in hopes of determining what might have caused it to take place. Individuals who operate at heights are generally required to wear safety harnesses and gear to protect them from a fall. Unfortunately, even the necessary safety equipment could do little to safeguard a worker against a collapse in scaffolding, and a similar incident could prove disastrous.
Individuals in Colorado who suffer serious injuries in a construction accident may be entitled to seek financial relief through the workers’ compensation insurance system, but the process can be complex. For assistance in navigating this system, one could speak with an attorney with experience in the area. An attorney can evaluate the incident, along with a client’s financial needs, and assist him or her in pursuing the full amount of compensation achievable.
Source: cbs8.com, “Three injured in construction accident near Petco Park“, Jan. 31, 2018