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Denver area construction worker injured in air duct fall

Denver residents have only to pass by a typical construction site to get a sense of the risks that construction workers face on the job. From towering scaffolds to heavy machinery and electrical wiring, the possibilities for a workplace accident are numerous, and only increase as the scope of the construction project grows.

Take the recent example of an incident that occurred at a project near Denver International Airport. The 1,500-room Gaylord hotel currently under development there is among the largest buildings going up in our state. Recently, a worker was up on one of the higher floors when he fell, but not just from a ladder or ledge. The worker fell into the building's massive air duct system and landed several stories deep.

Emergency responders could not immediately reach the injured worker inside the ductwork. They had to penetrate layers of sheet rock and then slice into the duct where he was trapped. Eventually, the worker was extracted and transported to a hospital for treatment.

While the worker's injuries were not described as critical, this construction site accident illustrates a unique danger of working on a project of this size. Construction workers may become injured in a space where it's not possible for help to reach them right away. And a delay in emergency medical treatment may mean that injuries become worse than they might otherwise be. More intensive treatment may be necessary, and recovery and return to work may take longer.

Workers' compensation is a crucial form of support in these situations. However, when a longer than average recovery is necessary due to complicated circumstances surrounding the accident, a legal professional can help ensure that injured workers are approved for the full benefits to which they are entitled.

Source: KDVR.com, "Worker rescued after falling multiple stories at Gaylord hotel project near DIA," April 25, 2018

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