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Construction zone worker injured at work when struck by truck

Construction zones on the busy Colorado roads could be deadly for employees of road construction companies. Despite the dangers posed by the machinery and other hazardous materials they work with, their safety is also compromised by inattentive or negligent drivers who move through the work zones. Being injured at work can not only bring about unanticipated medical expenses but also a loss of income.

A worker was recently hospitalized after he was struck by a cement truck in a construction zone in Denver. Reportedly the man was knocked down while he was performing the duties of a flagger outside the road construction zone. Neither the severity of the injuries he suffered nor his condition was reported.

Workers' comp gender gap: Does the system underpay women?

The pay gap between men and women is a stubborn and rather upsetting fact of American life. On average, women make only 79 percent of what men make - and the gender gap has barely budged at all in the past decade.

This fact has been widely reported. But is it true that there is also a gap in what women receive in workers' compensation benefits?

In this post, we will explore that question.

2 workers fatally injured at work in construction zone

Road construction workers nationwide, including in Colorado, put their lives on the line almost daily. Not only is their safety often compromised by negligent drivers who pass through construction zones but also by the dangerous equipment and construction vehicles on the work sites. In a tragic incident at a road construction zone in another state, two people were fatally injured at work.

According to a police report, the incident occurred during the mid-afternoon on a recent Tuesday. A driver of a dump truck that was backing up ran down two employees of the same crew. Reportedly, the two workers were directing the reversing driver in the truck. The victims were a 38-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman.

Workers' rights: Unprotected worker injured on wind farm

Colorado has extensive wind energy facilities, and the industry has grown significantly over recent years. Workers on wind farms are typically exposed to multiple hazards, and employers must respect workers' rights to safe workplace environments. Common safety hazards that must be addressed on wind farms include struck by hazards, falls, crushing injuries and electrical shocks. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has prescribed regulations that must be complied with to prevent workplace injuries.

An employee of a wind farm in a neighboring state was airlifted to a hospital after he was struck in the head by a massive steel bolt on a recent Wednesday. Reportedly, the 26-year-old worker was on a platform approximately 100 feet off ground level inside the turbine when the bolt fell from above. It was said that the worker was not wearing a safety helmet at the time of the incident.

Permanent disability: Father of 4 loses hand in work accident

Only one week after penalizing one company with a fine of $77,000 for safety violations that led to a worker losing a finger, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the completion of another investigation at a different facility. This time, a 34-year-old man, who is the father of four children, was left with a permanent disability after he lost a hand in a workplace accident. This incident happened in another state at a facility of a company based in Colorado.

OSHA investigators determined that the man was attempting to remove something that jammed a machine that was not fitted with safety guards. Moreover, procedures for hazardous energy control were flawed. It was reported that there were no clear steps regarding lockout/tagout procedures, nor were the employees trained in the hazards of energized machines and how to protect themselves.

Workers' compensation benefits also available for back injuries

While the construction and manufacturing industries are typically associated with workplace injuries, other less physical occupations can also be hazardous. Office and retail workers also face risks of suffering a work injury. Many of these workers suffer back injuries that cause long-term medical problems. Fortunately, workers' compensation benefits may be pursued by similarly injured workers in Colorado.

Actions that can cause back injuries include long hours of sitting or standing with a bad posture, repeated lifting, moving and placing of items -- regardless of the weight of the articles. Working in cramped spaces that force workers into unnatural stances can also be damaging. Although there is much that companies can do to reduce these injuries, employees can also focus on protecting their backs.

Warehouse work: by any other name, it involves injuries

The word 'warehouse" may sound like the 19th century when we're living in the 21st. After all, leading companies like Amazon and Walmart have created sophisticated storage and delivery systems across the country that are called distribution centers, not warehouses.

These operations have raised the logistical bar very high. It may well be that in the not-too-distant future, robots will pack the nation's products and drones will deliver them.

In the meantime, however, humans continue to work in settings that are essentially warehouses - even if the name isn't used - and many people get injured there. In this post, we will provide a reminder about the work-related injuries that can occur in warehouses.

Workers' rights: Unprotected equipment kills meat plant worker

It is no secret that meat processing plants in Colorado and other states are regarded as some of the most hazardous places to work. Although government statistics indicate that work conditions have improved over recent years, thousands of workers who prepare poultry, pork and beef still compromise their health and safety for millions of consumers. Many claim that workers' rights continue to be violated at slaughterhouses across the country.

A widow of a Colorado meat plant worker described the conditions under which her husband lost his life. Workers are exposed to a variety of hydraulic saws and industrial blenders, metal chains, marinade pumps, steel hooks and conveyor belts. All these are required for disassembling hogs, chickens and cattle as they turn the animals into specific cuts of meat. They have to avoid blood and water on the floors to prevent falls and cope with the hazards of cutting themselves or others while working unprotected.

Violence at work: Supervisor injured at work by battering worker

Along with protecting their workers against on-the-job injuries, company owners in Colorado and across the country must also protect their employees against workplace violence. There have been instances in which workers have been injured at work due to assault. After an alleged violent attack by an employee, a supervisor in another state landed in the hospital with serious injuries.

According to a police report, a call was received by 911 about an incident at a construction site. Upon their arrival, a severely injured supervisor was found, buried under some soil. The employee who called 911 reportedly told officials that another worker had assaulted the supervisor. According to the witness, the worker was unhappy about a remark made by the foreman.

Medical treatment needed after exposure to hazardous chemicals

Colorado workers typically rely on their employers to provide safe work environments. Unfortunately, not all company owners prioritize workers' safety, as is evident at a facility in another state at which workers were exposed to hazardous chemicals. Two workers had to receive medical treatment after exposure to an unidentified corrosive chemical.

The incident reportedly occurred on a recent Tuesday afternoon at a company that provides various industries with gases and chemicals specifically for industrial use. One would expect a keen awareness of the potential dangers of exposure to hazardous chemicals in the light of the company's line of business. However, circumstances in which workers suffered injuries were allowed to exist.

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