Number of Work-Related Deaths Increase in Colorado

A recent report by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment showed that the number of work-related deaths in Colorado has risen by 10 percent since 2006.

In 2006, there were 137 work-related deaths in Colorado, an average of 5.4 deaths per 100,000 workers. The national average was 3.9 deaths.

The leading causes of on-the-job fatalities in Colorado in 2006 were:
– Transportation fatalities (including highway, rail and aircraft accidents)
– Assaults and violent acts
– Contact with objects and equipment

Nationwide, the largest number of work-related deaths occurred in the Construction field, followed by the Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting fields. Work-related injuries in the United States claim 5,000 lives a year with men being the most frequent victims.

Workers Compensation cases can be settled in two ways; by a Compromise and Release (C&R) or by a Stipulation with Request for Award. A C&R most commonly settles a claim with a single lump sum payment. A stipulation may leave specific issues open such as future medical treatment/vocational rehabilitation.

Our workers compensation attorneys at Bachus & Schanker, LLC, know the importance of safety in the workplace. If you or anyone you know has been injured on the job, please contact Bachus & Schanker. For more information on workers compensation, please click here.