Colorado employees who are injured on-the-job may think that filing for workers' compensation is easy, but they are often not ready for the scrutiny and pushback that some employers may put up. Because many Denver workers depend on those lost wages while they are out recovering from an injury or accident, it is essential to have an experienced attorney helping file for workers' compensation and fighting for the employee when the employer tries to cast doubt on the workers' story.
Earlier this week, the Brush City Council held a hearing on dangers to workers at the CHS grain elevator on North Railway Avenue. Many are worried that heavy traffic and speeding drivers are putting grain truckers and CHS employees at risk for workplace accidents.
Denver construction workers are aware that there are certain risks inherent in their jobs, but, if the employer has properly prepared its employees, there is a very real likelihood that the job is safe. It is oftentimes when a construction company doesn't cover proper safety procedures or how to carefully do the job without putting anyone at risk that Colorado employees suffer crush injuries that severely affect the ability to work.
Recently, at a major construction site, federal safety inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration discovered an accumulation of unsafe levels of silica. This dangerous particle has been linked to silicosis and deadly cancers if an employee is exposed to high doses. The construction workers at this particular site were being exposed to over three times the legal limit of the toxic substance. Although no one has shown any symptoms of an occupational disease, it is possible that the workers may find themselves ill after potentially inhaling this human carcinogen.
A Denver-area worker died last week after being buried alive under a 20-foot high pile of loose pinto beans. The pile apparently weighed several tons.
It is important that anyone in Denver that works in excavation knows that his or her employer is responsible for training their employees on safety in the workplace. Imagine starting an excavation job and not knowing what the safety procedures were or how to recognize the signs of collapse. Many people in Colorado would want to know exactly what they must do to avoid getting hurt at work and injured workers would want to know why their employer failed to explain all of this.
Just over 100 years ago, a fire in a New York garment factory laid the groundwork for Colorado workers' compensation benefits as well as coverage for workplace injuries and improved working conditions throughout the United States. On March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers between the ages of 14 and 48 were killed when the eighth, ninth and tenth floors of the factory in which they worked caught fire.
A company who has been a habitual offender in violating Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules and policies was once again cited and fined for nine new federal violations. Many Colorado employees would assume that if an employer was fined and cited by OSHA because of dangerous practices that it would remedy the threat for the future. Sometimes, however, companies become willful violators of OSHA regulations, which can quickly lead to serious or fatal work-related accidents.
After a Colorado employee is injured in a workplace accident, he or she is often left wondering if the only compensation he or she will get is from workers' compensation. For a serious on-the-job injury, merely applying for workman's comp or disfigurement benefits may not be enough to cover medical costs, lost wages, or the pain and suffering an employee may feel well after the accident. In those situations, a worker may file a personal injury lawsuit against the employer, too.
Working in construction and working on the side of the road brings with it certain risks, but as long as your employer has sufficient safety procedures in place, you shouldn't have to worry about any accidents. When an employee is killed in a workplace accident, however, questions arise about whether the employer has actually provided a safe work environment. Families whose loved ones have died on-the-job can also apply for death and dependency benefits in order to cover the financial burden of the accident.
A hotel worker at the Greenwood Village La Quinta Inn believed she was burned by an unidentified liquid found in an empty guest room. The bottle containing the unknown substance was placed in an odd location, high in the air and was bubbling and dripping when the hotel worker discovered it and sustained a work injury.
There may be a new treatment with an old drug that can help employees who have been injured on the job, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Colorado workers who have sustained brain injuries from workplace trauma may have thought that there was little modern medicine could do to help, but this old flu medicine may be able to speed up recovery.
Highway 50, east of Avondale, was closed after a three-vehicle crash injured five and fatally wounded a sixth. An ambulance on its way to Colorado Springs with a patient onboard struck an Xcel Energy pickup truck that was attempting to make a left hand turn. The ambulance clipped the back bumper of the truck, sending it into oncoming traffic where it collided with a Mountaineer.
A worker who became trapped under a massive airplane was able to be rescued by first responders, but remains in serious condition after this severe crush injury. The employee was rushed to the hospital by a helicopter. Because of his injuries, the worker could be eligible for workman's comp.