In early 2009, a fatal accident occurred in Denver, Colorado. Two women who were in Denver for a work convention were killed after their taxi was struck by a drunk driver. The husband of one of the women filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident and won a settlement.
In Colorado, there are many mining companies. And after the tragic gas explosion in the Utah mine, more concern has been raised over the working conditions in mines. Even the Chilean mine incident shows how dangerous mines can be for workers.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Labor, recently issued a national news release concerning safety standards for grain elevators. Since 2009, OSHA has issued citations for several grain elevator operators, including some in the state of Colorado, after several accidents.
Workplace safety is an important component of any job. This is true whether someone is employed by a private company or the federal government. Despite adequate safety precautions, work-related injures still may occur. Employees should have the peace of mind to know that if they are injured while performing the duties of their job they will receive necessary financial assistance.
As we've said in prior posts, the federal government values workplace safety. This is evidenced by the establishment of OSHA to ensure that employers are following federal safety standards. Even so, some workplace accidents still occur.
A recent report released by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) reveals some disturbing information about America's workplaces - in spite of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration's (OSHA) 40 years of legislation. The report shows that OSHA regulations are simply not enough to keep workers safe on the job.
Many people do not think about whether the building they are in is safe. It is just assumed that a building that is standing will not collapse from underneath people's feet. But at one point, the building was being constructed and built by construction workers.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also known as OSHA, exists for a few reasons, one of which is to ensure the employers are maintaining safe and healthy work environment for their employees. In order to accomplish this goal, OSHA regulates employers and work environments and also provides training on workplace safety.
Work-related injuries can happen for a number of reasons. In some situations, a chemical can spill and cause serious damage. Other times, equipment can fall or crush and employee. Just recently an incident at a car wash resulted in one fatality and three other injuries.
Workers who sustain work-related injuries have a right to workers' compensation. Workers' compensation claims can be very complicated; dealing with insurance companies is a challenge. Another thing injured workers must consider is how quickly they can return to work after an injury.