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Colorado emergency responders can be injured at work, too

For most Colorado residents, emergency responders are the saviors who appear on the scene of dangerous situations. Most people outside of these professions have no trouble understanding that being injured at work is a real possibility for these brave men and women. However, not many people would automatically think of them being involved in a traffic accident while on duty.

A fire truck responding to the scene of an accident in which a vehicle hydroplaned and crashed into another car became embroiled in a serious accident. The truck flipped over during the incident, trapping five fire fighters inside. After they were extricated, they were taken to a local hospital in their home state for treatment.

Discover more about the causes, consequences of back injuries

In keeping with our firm's commitment to helping you better understand workers' compensation and work-related trauma, we recently published an informative Slideshare presentation examining a very common -- and often debilitating -- type of workplace injury.

OSHA says company not prepared to handle injured workers

Colorado road construction crews often find themselves in remote areas where access to emergency medical services may be limited. Moreover, cell phone coverage could also be nonexistent. This could mean that injured workers must rely on their co-workers for help when an accident occurs.

The family of a man who died as a result of an on-the-job injury may never know whether his life could have been saved if his co-workers had been trained in first aid and had a way to call emergency responders immediately. The victim was part of a construction crew repairing a road damaged by flooding in 2013. Somehow, a truck at the site backed over him.

Do you get to choose a doctor after being injured at work?

Each year, thousands of workers in Colorado suffer a variety of on-the-job injuries. Workers' compensation benefits are ordinarily available for those workers to cover medical and medical-related expenses, a portion of lost wages and other needs, depending on the nature of the injuries. One of the first priorities after being injured at work is to find a doctor.

Under Colorado law, you are entitled to choose between two doctors -- the names of whom are to be provided by your employer. If your employer does not provide you with such a list, you may choose any doctor you wish. It is important to note, however, that the insurer might not approve of the doctor you choose. This is just one of the reasons why it is beneficial to have an attorney represent your interests and protect your rights when it comes to dealing with workers' compensation issues.

A woman without proper safety equipment could be injured at work

Women around the country -- including many here in Colorado -- have entered industries traditionally staffed by men. One of those industries is construction. The equipment and clothing provided to them needs to be properly fitted in order to prevent them from being injured at work.

Personal protective clothing (PPC) and personal protective equipment (PPE) that does not fit a woman's body properly increases her risk of injury. Obviously, a woman's body measurements are different from a man's measurements. The makers of equipment and clothing designed to protect construction workers from on-the-job hazards have addressed this concern.

McDonald's workers afraid of being injured at work

Many people in Colorado have heard that fast food workers are attempting to get their wages increased. Recently, McDonald's workers at locations in 19 cities filed complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that they are concerned about being injured at work. Some believe that the complaints are part of the campaign to win higher wages, but their concerns still could turn out to be valid.

Reports indicate that OSHA has already begun investigating the workers' claims. Some of the allegations include popping grease causing burns and no protective equipment for dealing with hot surfaces. Even when cleaning the grills, workers are required to leave them on, and without gloves, employees say they suffer from burns. Slip-and-fall hazards are also a concern for employees. Some allegations say that there is a substantial lack of training on equipment, such as the fryers.

How much do you really know about back injuries in the workforce?

Of all the work injuries that can keep you sidelined, few are as commonplace, as vexing, as debilitating and as misunderstood as back injuries. That's because they can strike at any time, last for what seems like an eternity, be incredibly painful and involve complex terminology that is often difficult to comprehend.

What are the most common workers' compensation benefits?

Each year, numerous Colorado workers suffer a variety of on-the-job injuries. Nearly everyone knows that employers are required to carry state mandated insurance coverage that helps injured workers, but not many people understand what benefits they may be entitled to receive. Below are some of the most common workers' compensation benefits available, depending on the severity of the injury suffered.

The workers' compensation system in Colorado covers medical costs for those injured while working, though not every worker is included in the comp program. These benefits include all medical costs that your attending physician deems necessary to your recovery. However, not only doctor visits and prescriptions are covered. Coverage is also available for physical therapy and any medical equipment you may need that is integral to your rehabilitation.

Denver recycling plant cited after man fatally injured at work

Residents living in Denver and its suburbs may be familiar with Atlas Metal & Iron, which recycles unwanted scrap metal and other items brought in by those who live in the area. Last September, a man was fatally injured at work at the recycling plant, which prompted an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The results of that investigation indicate that the man's death was preventable.

On the day of the accident, the 52-year-old was working on a scrap metal baler. The machine came back on while he was inside it, leading to the injuries that caused his death. OSHA investigators discovered that the machine was not shut down before the worker entered it. Further, protocols required for confined spaces were not followed.

OSHA investigation sparked by man seriously injured at work

Colorado employees working in certain industries are routinely exposed to a risk of amputation, falls and possible explosions. One of those industries is grain handling. If a company fails to take reasonable precautions to ensure no one is injured at work, the probability of an accident occurring is high.

As if to illustrate the importance of safety measures and training, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently concluded an investigation sparked by the injury of a worker in the grain handling industry. As he and other workers cleaned out grain bins in anticipation of last year's fall harvest, an auger unexpectedly activated. The toes on the worker's left foot were amputated as a result of the injuries he suffered in the accident.

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