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January 2013 Archives

21-year-old man killed in workplace accident at marina

Many Denver construction workers and others who work around large equipment and machinery know how dangerous their work environment can become if safety protocols are not followed at all times. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating an accident at a marina last week that resulted in the death of a 21-year-old employee who had been working on a forklift that had malfunctioned.

Fatal motor vehicle accident rates higher for oil field workers

Denver residents may be interested to learn that oil field workers have an inordinately high number of fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents. Oil and gas workers are 8.5 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident while on the job than workers in other industries, and the numbers are highest in small companies, particularly those with fewer than 20 employees.

Engineer falls from bridge, suffers fatal injuries

Not all workplaces in Denver are created equally. There are risks and safety issues at every job, but some of the most exposed and dangerous places may be construction sites. Whether it is heavy equipment, heights, outdoor exposure or some other condition, construction workers, architects and engineers may be at a high risk of injury or death.

Contractor injured by 50-foot fall sustained severe back injuries

Colorado has many structures still standing that were built a long time ago. Many of these structures are owned by the state or local governments, but these buildings and structures often need to be repaired. When the county or state brings in contractors and construction workers to clean these historical buildings, it is important that the buildings have been checked for any safety issues. When they are not, an employee could be seriously, if not fatally, injured.

Construction crane topples, crushing, injuring 7 workers

It is not unusual to see large cranes dotting the Denver cityscape, but how safe are they? If a crane were to fall, what kind of damage could that do to the construction workers below? While Colorado construction companies do a lot to protect their employees, such an accident could easily cause serious or fatal injuries.

Psychiatric clinic safety may leave staff exposed

Hospital workers in Denver likely heard about a horrible shooting that took place at a psychiatric clinic last year in which one clinic employee was killed and five others were injured. Thought it happened outside of Colorado, it has raised considerable concern amongst employees within the mental health field. Now that a federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration evaluation has been completed, it may force some hospitals and clinics to reevaluate their safety plans for employees.

Studies show retail workers more likely to be injured

Studies have shown that workers in the retail and wholesale industries face a high risk of injury. Workplace injuries can be cause by a variety of factors, and in the wholesale and retail industries where workers are moving heavy items and are on their feet for many hours the risk of a stress injury or a slip or trip increases.

Colorado laboratories may not be as safe as they could be

When many people in Denver think about workplace safety, they may not consider laboratories to be that dangerous. After all, when many people think about dangerous working conditions, they think about heavy machinery, heights or other kinds of risk factors, but laboratories can be quite dangerous themselves. A new study of laboratory safety has shown that slightly less than half of 2,400 scientists surveyed reported some kind of workplace injury.

Work-related neck pain may be reduced by yoga

Nearly everyone in the Denver area has experienced neck pain before; in fact, one study suggests that two-thirds of all people will have neck pain at some point in their lives. For some people in Colorado, that pain may come from a work-related injury, but many others may just develop neck pain because of the everyday, repeated actions they perform at work.

Snowmass ski patroller killed on the job in avalanche

Certain jobs in Colorado carry unique dangers for workers. For example, last weekend, a veteran Snowmass ski patroller was killed on the job when she was swept over a cliff by an avalanche. The 49-year-old woman had been a ski patroller at Aspen's Snowmass ski resort for 26 years, but that didn't make the job any less dangerous.

Construction workers, contractors vastly underreport injuries

When a construction worker is injured at a Denver job site, he or she should be able to report his or her injuries and apply for workers' compensation. Just like any other profession, construction workers fall under the general rules and regulations protecting Colorado employees from injuries, and compensate them if they do become injured. Determining whether someone may qualify for workers' compensation and navigating the system, however, often takes the assistance of an experienced workers' compensation attorney.

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