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Workplace Injuries Archives

Family of deceased refinery worker may seek death benefits

Refinery workers in Colorado and other states face multiple hazards in the line of duty. Within the blink of an eye, a deadly situation can develop. One such an incident claimed the life of a worker in a neighboring state on a recent Monday. Such tragedies typically lead to death benefits claims filed with the workers' compensation insurance program.

To protect your health, avoid toluene exposure

Toluene is a highly useful chemical found in a number of industrial and consumer products, including paints, metal cleaners, adhesives, nail polish, and printing inks. Toluene vaporizes when exposed to air at room temperature. That can result in serious health problems for workers who inhale even small amounts of toluene on a regular basis. Toluene is also highly volatile and when the atmospheric concentration is high enough, even a distant flame or nearby static charge can spark a flashback explosion.

Use of vibrating tools can lead to Raynaud's disease

That tingling feeling in your fingers or hands may indicate a serious problem. Repeated use of jack hammers, drills, sanders, lawn mowers, and other vibrating tools can damage small blood vessels in the hands and fingers, reducing blood flow. When the affected hands and fingers are subsequently exposed to cold, a person can experience pain, numbness, tingling, and throbbing. This condition goes under a variety of names, including white finger, Raynaud's disease, Raynaud's phenomenon, and Raynaud's syndrome.

Permanent disability: Worker's arm ripped off by conveyor system

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are four categories of workplace accidents that cause most workplace fatalities, one of which is getting trapped in or between objects or equipment. While many lives are lost in these types of accidents, a survivor may find him or herself with a permanent disability. One such an accident tore off the arm of a Colorado man on a recent Wednesday morning.

Injuries suffered by mental health workers

Workers in psychiatric and mental health facilities face a variety of hazards on the job. Among the most serious of these are assaults by patients and injuries sustained while subduing out-of-control patients. In the opinion of one California psychiatrist, violent assaults happen on a daily basis in most inpatient mental health facilities. He tempers that by saying that just 15 percent of psychiatric patients are responsible for 90 percent of the violence. But even criminally-violent patients are given a surprising amount of freedom. This exposes workers to significant risks.

Work-related car and truck accidents

When people hear the phrase "on-the-job accident", most think of accidents that happen in factories, warehouses, offices, and construction sites. But a significant number of work-related accidents in Colorado happen on streets and highways. For example, 41 percent of work-related deaths occur in the transportation industries, primarily the trucking industry.

Life after the loss of a limb

The loss of a limb can have devastating physical, financial and psychological effects. But life goes on after the loss of a leg, arm or hand. What's it like to lose a limb? What challenges do amputees face and how do they cope? Does everyone who loses a limb experience "phantom pain"?

Heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and workers' compensation

It's August and though summer will eventually turn to autumn, many hot days still lie ahead. And when the temperature gets too high, danger lurks for people who work outdoors in the form of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. These are potentially life-threatening conditions that result from exposure to high temperatures combined with dehydration or salt depletion.

Lifting causes many injured workers to file benefits claims

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the overexertion workers experience with respect to manual lifting tasks is a cause for concern when it comes to the safety and health of employees nationwide, including in Colorado. Significant numbers of reports by injured workers link their injuries to lifting. OSHA's safety regulations do not include rules for manual lifting, but the agency recommends compliance with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health guidelines that include formulas to help determine weights that will be safe to lift.

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