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December 2014 Archives

19 workers needed medical treatment for CO exposure

Colorado industrial workers may have heard about a carbon monoxide leak at a facility in a nearby state that sent 19 people to the hospital. They all required medical treatment for exposure to the toxic gas, which entails giving them 100 percent oxygen. As the workers recover, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will conduct an investigation into the source of the workers' exposure.

Citations issued after man fatally injured at work

It is not just Colorado industrial workers who spend their days near large, dangerous equipment that have to worry about being injured. Those with seemingly safe jobs in comparison also face hazards every day. For instance, a man doing some cleaning outside a meat processing plant in another state was fatally injured at work.

OSHA completes investigation after man fatally injured at work

One of the duties of investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is to conduct an investigation after a workplace fatality. OSHA generally has up to six months to determine whether citations need to be issued and fines need to be assessed against the company where the worker died. One such investigation was recently completed at Colorado-based meatpacking company, JBS USA, after a worker was fatally injured at work.

Woman fatally injured at work at company based in Denver

The Western Sugar Cooperative is based in Denver, but is a cooperative with members in four states. Since 2008, employees with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have conducted approximately 16 inspections of some of the company's locations and found 30 violations. When a worker was fatally injured at work in one of the company's processing plants, an investigation revealed 12 violations, which resulted in citations being issued and fines in the amount of $44,500, which the company reportedly agreed to pay.

Winter weather can lead to injured workers

Now that the weather has turned colder, workers and their employers may need to prepare for it. Anyone who works outdoors knows that the Colorado winters can be harsh. Cold temperatures, snow and wind can create a perfect storm of slippery roads and frigid working conditions. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, taking the appropriate precautions to prevent injured workers is necessary.

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