Construction sites are the deadliest places to work. More than 930 construction workers died on the job in 2015 – a 4 percent jump over the previous year. Younger workers make up a lot of those deaths. In fact, the construction industry ranks second in the country for fatalities in workers younger than 18.
There are plenty of nonfatal injuries at construction sites, as well, with one in 10 construction workers getting hurt on the job every year. A lack of experience clearly plays a role in these injuries, since nearly two-thirds of them occur within the employee’s first year on the job. These injuries can devastate entire families by threatening current and future earnings.
Did you know as a construction worker in Colorado, in the event of a job related accident, you don’t need to prove that anyone was at fault for your injury? This is one of the many details that Burg Simpson can help advice our clients on to better understand the claims process and know your rights. Together we can navigate the workers’ compensation system and get you the benefits you deserve!
Some types of cases Burg Simpson has filed for compensation claims include:
- Injuries from slips and falls, including: head, neck, knee, and back
- Defective ladders and scaffolds
- Injuries sustained from lifting or operating heavy machinery
- Construction vehicle accidents
- Electrocution and electrical burns
- Injuries and breaks from repetitive strain and pressure
More than half of construction site fatalities are a result of what industry experts have dubbed the Fatal Four:
Falls — These are the single greatest cause of construction site deaths. Not coincidentally, fall protection is also the most common construction site OSHA violation. Falls from a site typically occur from roofs, scaffolds, and ladders.
Struck by object – Construction workers constantly get hit by objects. Whether it is a vehicle, an unstable wall or an errant tool, object strikes make up roughly 10 percent of worksite deaths.
Electrocutions – Construction workers are also at abnormally high risk for electrocutions, killing nearly 9 percent of them every year. These can happen, obviously, through contact with a power line, but also by improper use of machinery or because of faulty wiring.
Caught between objects – Workers also frequently get caught beneath or between objects. Inadequate access points, faulty trenches, and insufficient protective systems can lead to these fatal accidents.
Ironworkers get hurt on the job more than any other construction workers. But when it comes to fatalities, things change. The workers most likely to die on the job are:
Laborer – More than a quarter of worksite fatalities strike the average laborer.
Supervisor – 13 percent of construction site deaths hit the front-line supervisors.
Roofer – These employees rank third, and are most likely to die from a fall.
Electricians and carpenters round out the top five most endangered construction site vocations.
If you are a Colorado construction worker who has been hurt on the job, and you think an unsafe worksite may have been a factor, you need to speak to a Colorado workers’ compensation lawyer immediately for help. Contact Burg Simpson for a FREE Consultation before you speak to anyone else.
Workers’ compensation in Colorado is designed to pay for all of an injured party’s medical expenses, and roughly 75 percent of cases involve medical-only benefits. However, there are accommodations for cash reimbursement for days missed from work, too. There are other benefits you may be entitled to, such as:
- Temporary total disability
- Temporary partial disability
- Permanent total disability
- Permanent partial disability
- Death benefits
In addition to all of these, the Colorado workers' compensation lawyers at Burg Simpson can help you apply for additional Social Security benefits you may be entitled to, and assist in exploring the possibilities of filing a third-party personal injury lawsuit.
If a third party – someone other than your employer – is responsible for your workplace injury, you may be eligible to sue for damages and compensation. It is just another reason for you to speak with an experienced Colorado work’ comp attorney today to explore every option available to you. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss all the details that may be involved in your case. If you decide to work with us, we operate on an agreed percentage fee basis, which means we only get paid if we get you a settlement or judgment. Call us now!
CONTACT A COLORADO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ATTORNEY AT BURG SIMPSON TODAY
A construction injury can leave wounds that can linger for years. A death can cripple a family, robbing them of a steady income. Our Burg Simpson Colorado workers’ compensation attorneys want to help you. We have been working on these types of complex cases for more than 40 years and know the ins and outs of Colorado’s complicated workers’ compensation law.
If you’ve been injured on the job, we can help you:
- Receive fair compensation for your injuries
- Have access to quality medical care
- Understand your legal rights within Colorado Workers’ Compensation laws
- Get reimbursement for legitimate expenses you’ve incurred during your injury
- Apply for additional Social Security benefits
- Explore third party personal injury lawsuits
Call us today at 303-792-5595 of fill out our FREE Evaluation Form right now.