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Denver Workers' Compensation Blog

Tower workers must have safe work conditions

Workers who erect, maintain and repair cellphone and electrical towers face some serious hazards. This job is often called the most dangerous in the country, and this likely isn't far from the truth. There are many reasons why this is the case, so the employers of these workers must ensure that they are being as safe as possible.

Mitigating hazards for someone working in this industry isn't a simple task. Things can change from one job site to the next and from one day to another. For this reason, each day might require a new safety plan even with the job site doesn't change. It is up to the supervisors to relay the appropriate information to the workers.

Accidental needle sticks in a hospital a real risk for staff

There are plenty of risks involved in working in modern hospital settings. Hospital staff members can wind up injured if they fall while rushing to respond to a patient. They could do permanent damage to their joints while attempting to move or lift a patient. They can face violence from patients with mental health problems or under the influence of drugs. They can also wind up exposed to deadly diseases.

Anyone working in a hospital could get exposed to infectious materials when someone coughs or sneezes. Additionally, cleaning up bodily fluids could create a risk of exposure to illness. However, accidental needle sticks can be particularly dangerous, as they can spread potentially fatal bloodborne diseases from patients to hospital workers.

A herniated disc can cause serious complications: Seek help

You love your job, but you do end up doing heavy lifting throughout the day. It's frustrating to have to work so hard when you're sore and tired, but you need to work to earn enough money to live comfortably.

You should have listened to your body, though, because during your last shift, you suddenly had severe pain as you tried to lift a box for a colleague. The pain shot down your legs, and it was bad enough that you ended up lying down on the floor.

How can repetitive work tasks cause injuries?

If you work in manual labor and you take repetitive actions, you may find that you make the same physical actions or engage in the same types of movements hundreds of times per day. It may be that you are a gardener and find that your shoulders and arms get sore after a long day working. Perhaps you are a baggage handler who is suffering from a bad back due to repetitive lifting. If you are suffering pain or have injured yourself due to actions you have taken at work, you may be suffering from a repetitive strain injury (RSI).

An RSI will likely not get better if you continue to take the same physical actions that caused it. This is why you should consider gaining medical attention and taking some time off so that you can fully recover. The following is an overview of how RSIs are caused and how workers' compensation could help you with any financial damages that you suffer as a result.

Baggage handlers face acute injuries on the job

When you consider all the catastrophic injuries those who work in the airline industry may suffer, those that occur to baggage handlers may not seem all that serious. And while they may not risk being attacked by terrorists or unruly passengers or being killed in a plane crash, baggage handlers can definitely get hurt on the job.

Below are some example of baggage handler injuries and how they might be able to be prevented.

Common dangers nurses face on each shift

Nurses have dangerous jobs even when they have proper safety protocol on the job site. There are some risks that can be reduced but not eliminated. It is imperative that any company employing nurses take steps to ensure that these vital workers can do their job as safely as possible.

The rate at which nurses suffer injuries is troubling. Because of this, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has taken steps to keep them protected. For nurses, learning about some of the most common injuries might help to reduce their occurrences.

Claiming workers’ compensation as a construction worker

Construction workers are some of the most at-risk employees when it comes to workplace injuries. Working on construction sites means that there are many different hazards present, and, sadly, many construction workers are seriously injured each year.

The good news is that workers' compensation is in place to help construction workers get financial compensation after they are injured. They can also get access to rehabilitation programs so that they can train in a new profession if they are no longer able to work in construction due to their injuries. The following is an overview of your workers' compensation rights as a construction worker.

Head injuries on the job can cause major complications

Any significant blow to the head can produce a mild traumatic brain injury, which many victims may not even realize occurred. Mild traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, may affect each victim differently, depending on the severity of the impact, the location of the injury and other factors. It is common for a these injuries to take days or even weeks to cause any symptoms, which may make it appear as though a victim suddenly behaves very strangely.

If you recently suffered a blow to the head on the job, you may have a serious injury that requires proper diagnosis and treatment. It is wise to begin by seeing your doctor for a medical examination. With proper diagnosis and treatment, you can work toward recovery and collect important documentation that validates your injury. This can serve as a strong basis for a workers' compensation claim.

Offering flexible meeting arrangements due to the threats of COVID-19

At the Eley Law Firm, we are dedicated to providing experienced and tireless support to Coloradans who suffer on-the-job injuries. We understand that when you suffer a serious injury, the ability to immediately consult with an attorney to discuss your options can be critical.

In recognition of this need and also in response to the threats of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, we are offering our clients the ability to meet with us in person, via telephone or through video conferencing. We remain available to our clients and respectful of the need to refrain from in-person contact when possible. We are taking doctor-recommended public health measures to protect our clients, whom we understand have ongoing needs regardless of a pandemic.

Grocery store employees could face significant injuries at work

Workplace injuries can happen anywhere and to anyone, but grocery store workers are a group of individuals who really need to watch out for accidents and injuries on the job. They come into contact with many people each day, may lift heavy items and could be performing repetitive movements each shift.

Ergonomics are extremely important in a grocery store setting, because good ergonomics can eliminate the risk of repetitive-strain injuries and accidents. The goal of good ergonomics is to reduce the severity of injuries as well as to reduce the number of injuries that take place in workplaces.

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