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Denver Workers' Compensation Blog

Repetitive stress worries for $11 an hour?

If white-collar workers suffer the most from repetitive stress injuries, then java-collar workers are surely suffering more.

Work-related injuries among baristas are on the rise, comprising mostly of elbow, wrist and joint problems from repetitive stress. Some have even coined the term "barista wrist" although baristas suffering from medial epicondylitis, or golfer’s elbow, is just as common.

Nurses need protection from strains, slips, falls too

Nursing is a dangerous profession. Nurses and other hospital employees work with infectious people, handle sharp objects that may have been exposed to blood-borne pathogens and work with equipment that uses radiation or dangerous chemicals. In this setting, injuries from strains, slips and falls may not seem very important.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, falls, trips and slips account for 27 percent of lost-time claims by nurses, second only to the 46 percent of injuries caused by strains, usually by lifting a patient.

Which workers risk exposure to hydrogen sulfide?

If inhaled in high enough concentrations for too long, hydrogen sulfide, sometimes called H2S gas, can be deadly. Although industries have exposure limits put in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), it is up to each individual employer to maintain the monitoring equipment and enforce proper safety protocols.

Like any occupation, productivity can often out-rank safety. When that happens, lives could be at risk.

Airline employees face hazards of all types

Airline employees are the mostly unseen glue that keep our travel plans together. Whether you are traveling for work, to see family or taking a vacation, you can count on the efforts of hundreds of individuals to make sure pilots get the support they need, and your luggage arrives in the right city.

The people who work on the tarmac are exposed to several workplace hazards on a daily basis. Repetitive stress injuries from hauling bags are common, as are accidents involving baggage carts. Sometimes injuries are much more severe, though. That was the situation in New Jersey last winter when an United Airlines employee was rolled over by a jet bridge.

Protections from the hazards of warehouse work

Warehouse employment has risen 90% since the year 2000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The reason, of course, is e-commerce. With this sudden surge in online business, many distributors are eager to tap into the profit stream.

Whenever there is an industry boom, we learn invaluable lessons about humanity. One thing we learned from the Industrial Revolution and the Great Depression is that the American Dream is not just the securing of employment, but employment that protects it's workers health and safety.

Local construction firms fined $200,000 after employee death

Most individuals who work construction are familiar with doing their jobs a good ways above the ground. Working on a ladder or on a roof comes with the territory. How else will someone nail shingles, run wires, replace siding and any other multitude of jobs? This is an inherently dangerous part of the job, and why there are series of safety practices in place. When companies shirk these practices, tragedy often strikes.

That was the situation last spring in Greenwood Village when a construction worker fell to their death while on a job. The worker, who remains unnamed, was busy installing metal roofing panels on a storage building when they lost their footing and plummeted to the ground.

Patients cared for on the backs of nurses

Nurses and nursing assistants have difficult jobs that include long hours and intense physical activity. Caring for patients is strenuous work.

In fact, nursing is such a grueling occupation that its risk for workplace injury is often higher than many other occupations. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), hospitals in the U.S. recorded 6.8 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees in 2011, almost twice the rate for the entirety of private industry.

Most common reasons workers get injured on the job

Getting injured on the job is more common than you may think, and injuries occur in more workplace environments than you would expect. A new study by Pinnacol, a leading workers’ compensation insurance provider, examines five years of data regarding workers’ compensation claims in Colorado.

Constant muscle and joint pain may be something bigger

Most people will feel a little muscle soreness or stiff joints after work as they get older. These uncomfortable moments can usually be remedied with some extra stretches, rest or hot/cold therapy. Most of the time, with a little extra attention, you could be pain free by the end of the week. What happens when the pain lingers, though?

If you noticed muscle stiffness or joint pain after work but common remedies aren’t solving your problem, it could be a repetitive stress injury (RSI). RSIs are much more common than many people think and are often a result of workplace duties.

Construction zone worker airlifted for medical treatment

Construction zone workers on Colorado highways will always be vulnerable. Not only does the traffic that passes through pose a risk but also the construction vehicles on site. A member of a construction crew on Highway 149 was airlifted to a hospital in Durango for medical treatment after a recent workplace accident.

According to a Colorado State Patrol report, the incident occurred when two construction workers were walking along the shoulder of the highway. At that time, another worker in a construction truck backed up and struck one of the two pedestrian workers. Somehow, both the worker and the driver failed to see each other.

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