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OSHA investigation sparked by man seriously injured at work

Colorado employees working in certain industries are routinely exposed to a risk of amputation, falls and possible explosions. One of those industries is grain handling. If a company fails to take reasonable precautions to ensure no one is injured at work, the probability of an accident occurring is high.

As if to illustrate the importance of safety measures and training, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently concluded an investigation sparked by the injury of a worker in the grain handling industry. As he and other workers cleaned out grain bins in anticipation of last year's fall harvest, an auger unexpectedly activated. The toes on the worker's left foot were amputated as a result of the injuries he suffered in the accident.

OSHA determined that the Kansas company should have secured the auger before any employees entered the grain bins. Further, grain dust accumulated enough to present a danger of exploding. Inadequate safety measures also exposed the workers to falls.

The injured employee has not yet been able to go back to work. It is possible that he will never be able to work in the industry again. He may benefit from enlisting the assistance of someone familiar with the workers' compensation system in his state to pursue the benefits that are likely available to him.

Being injured at work is stressful enough, and the process of obtaining those benefits should not cause additional stress on the injured party. Here in Colorado, an employee who suffers a permanent injury on-the-job is typically eligible for workers' compensation benefits. Benefits could cover needs such as medical care, disability and possibly even some sort of schooling for another area of employment if he or she is unable to work in the same job due to the nature of the injury suffered.

Source: ohsonline.com, "Worker Loses Toes in Grain Bin Due to Safety Violations", Feb. 27, 2015

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