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Leading causes of occupational injuries in construction industry

There are a multitude of circumstances in which a dangerous workplace incident can occur. However, some tend to be more prevalent than others, and recent reports suggest that one of the leading causes of occupational injuries for construction workers in Colorado and elsewhere lies in caught-in, caught between accidents. With an alarming portion of these incidents resulting in serious injuries or death, addressing any hazards in the workplace could be essential to employee safety.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration suggests that the majority of construction accidents fall under four types of incidents. These include falls, struck-by incidents, electrocutions and caught-in, caught-between incidents. When it comes to the latter, the majority of incidents involve a worker who was either crushed by a collapse of materials or caught up in construction equipment.

While emergency officials typically respond to reports of such an incident quickly, in some cases, it can take time to rescue a worker from underneath heavy materials or machinery. The injuries a worker may suffer under similar circumstances can be severe, and they could prompt a need for long-term or permanent medical care. Should the accident prove fatal, surviving family members may be left with financial hardships that may accompany a sudden loss of income and end-of-life expenses.

Occupational injuries remain a serious concern, and those who suffer under similar circumstances may find themselves in search of financial relief. Victims of serious construction accidents may be eligible to receive financial assistance through the workers' compensation insurance system, but the process can be intimidating. Fortunately, there are attorneys who can provide a person in Colorado with assistance in pursuing the full amount of compensation available.

Source: constructiondive.com, "Report: Caught-in, caught-between construction deaths rising", Kim Slowey, March 20, 2018

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