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August 2014 Archives

Repetitive injuries can be covered by workman's comp in Colorado

Many employees have to perform physical labor as part of their job. Back injuries can sometimes result from repetitive lifting motions. An employee might notice the injury right away, or it may occur when he or she is not at work. However it happens, these injuries can be difficult to prove, and employers and insurance companies may be reluctant to provide workman's comp. Even so, Colorado employees are still entitled to those benefits.

Colorado gas workers may need workman's comp for benzene exposure

Employers are obligated to keep the safety of their employees a top priority. This means ensuring that they have a risk-free work environment, adequate training and functional equipment, and that other safety measures are in place. However, some employees are still at-risk for illness or injury because their companies are not required to follow certain guidelines to which other industries are subject. They may end up filing for workman's comp, as some Colorado natural gas workers may have to do, according to reports of increased exposure to a potentially harmful chemical -- benzene.

How OSHA helps Colorado's injured workers

Many workers in Colorado and elsewhere may not know this, but they have the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to thank for safer work environments. OSHA was created in 1970 to regulate and enforce safety measures that keep employees from getting sick, injured or even dying. Even if employees are aware of all of this, they may still be uncertain as to precisely how OSHA benefits injured workers.

Filing for workman's comp in Colorado

Colorado employees typically take great pride in a job well done. Their chosen profession is one that they likely enjoy, and many workers feel as though they are a part of a family. If that worker becomes injured on the job, he or she may be uncertain of how to proceed. Filing for workman's comp is not something that an employee does regularly, and the process can be daunting, considering that all they may want to do is focus on getting well.

Families could seek death benefits after 2 workers electrocuted

Losing a loved one to a work-related accident is a tragedy no family should ever have to endure. Unfortunately, accidents can happen and may result in the death of an employee. Though Colorado employers generally take every precaution to protect their workers, there are times when a company’s action -- or inaction -- is squarely to blame. A worker’s family may decide to file for death benefits as part of a workers’ compensation claim in the event that the unthinkable should occur. This is the choice that some out-of-state families may face after two oil field workers were recently killed while on-the-job.

Oil refinery facing OSHA fines, possible workman's comp

Employers in Colorado generally want to do everything within their power to keep their workers safe from any harm. This can include providing proper training for employees, minimizing potential hazards or maintaining equipment. Failure to follow these types of measures could result in the injury -- or even death -- of an employee. A workman's comp claim could be filed by the employee or his or her family to cover any work-accident-related expenses. This could be what happens with regard to one out-of-state oil refinery who is accused of violating several safety regulations.

Raging fire at coal mine injured workers

Colorado employees of all kinds are dedicated workers who take great pride in what they do. They trust that their employers will use every means at their disposal to maintain a safe work environment. Unfortunately, accidents can happen and often result in injury or even fatality. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently examining the circumstances surrounding an out-of-state coal mine fire that injured workers in order to determine whether the company is responsible.

Potential for workman's comp after fatal factory accident

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration exists to enact and enforce regulations that will help keep employees as safe as possible in their particular place of work. If an accident or fatality occurs, OSHA typically investigates to determine what happened and whether an employer did -- or failed to do -- anything that might have contributed to the accident. Colorado employees may be interested in an out-of-state case involving a fatal incident at a factory that OSHA is in the process of analyzing. The family of the deceased employee might file for death benefits as part of a workman's comp claim.

Rise in Colorado construction could mean rise in workman's comp

Colorado citizens are hard-working and dedicated to their chosen professions. Some job industries carry more risk than others, like the construction industry. Workers that are injured on the job have the right to file for workman's comp benefits that can help offset the varied costs of their injury. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration warns that a recent increase in deaths related to the construction industry may continue, meaning more families may have need of these benefits.

Death benefits possible in fatal cell tower collapse

When a person here in Colorado places a call on their cell phone, they probably don't think about the construction workers that built the cell towers to help make that call possible. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration voiced concerns recently over this area of the industry that has resulted in 10 times the fatalities of basic construction work, as reported by at least one study. OSHA has cited one out-of-state company for what it says has resulted in the death of two tower employees. The deceased victims' families may be eligible for death benefits as part of workers' compensation insurance program.

Potential death benefits after worker electrocuted

Employers in Colorado generally take all available safety precautions to keep their workers free from harm. This can include thorough training, safety gear, maintenance of equipment and other means. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was created to ensure that employers follow specific regulations that will prevent injury and death. One family from out of state may need to make a claim for workers' compensation death benefits after losing their loved one in a tragic work accident.

Families could claim death benefits after passing of 2 workers

The tragedy of losing a loved one to a fatal accident is devastating under any circumstances. When the death is the result of an accident that takes place at the person's place of work, it might be due to the negligence of an employer. If this is the case, Colorado families may struggle to understand how an employer could allow something like this to happen. They might be able to collect death benefits as part of a workers' compensation claim.

Colorado company fined in worker death, workman's comp possible

When an employee passes away while on the job, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will normally investigate the incident. OSHA attempts to determine whether the employer violated any of OSHA's safety regulations in a manner that might have resulted in the worker's death. Often, a workman's comp claim for death benefits is also available to the deceased worker's surviving family. This is the case for one Colorado-based company after one of its employees died at one of its out-of-state factories, as OSHA representatives have levied additional fines to their original assessment.

Potential workman's comp after construction employee's fatal fall

The construction industry is a vital part of modern life, here in Colorado and elsewhere. Workers in this field likely know that some dangers might exist in the performance of their duties, but they still have a reasonable expectation that their employers will do whatever they can to minimize any risks. If they are injured or killed, they (or their family in the event of a fatality) could file a workman's comp claim. This is the option facing one family now that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is asking questions about an out-of-state construction worker who had a fall that proved fatal.

Improved firefighter safety could reduce need for workman's comp

Colorado first responders, such as police officers, firefighters and EMTs, are often required to put themselves in harm’s way for the good of the public. Though their jobs carry some of the highest amounts of physical risk, their employers are still expected to take any reasonable measure to keep them safe. If they are injured, workman's comp can help them with varying expenses resulting from the accident, or it can be paid to their family if they are killed. Some retired firefighters from out of state recently took it upon themselves to speak out regarding the safety of their still-working colleagues, saying that they may be facing unnecessary danger.

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