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October 2016 Archives

OSHA says too many workers injured at work during grain handling

Every year during the grain harvesting season workers in Colorado and neighboring states are exposed to elevated levels of safety hazards at grain and animal feed facilities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes a list of precautionary regulations particularly for the handling of this type of produce. However, at this time of the year, the pressure of the workload sometimes leads to employers failing to enforce safety rules, often resulting in employees being injured at work.

Amendment 69 and ColoradoCare: What You Need to Know (Part 1)

As Election Day draws closer, the presidential race is not the only hot button item on the Colorado ballot. Amendment 69, which would establish a single-payer insurance system that would be run by the state, is also up for a vote. If the amendment passes, the ColoradoCare health system will be created. But is this good for Coloradoans? Is it bad? Or is it somewhere in between?

Fall hazards the cause of many employees being injured at work

Authorities say the most common cause of workplace injuries across all industries is falling. Employers in Colorado and elsewhere must protect the safety and health of their employees, and protection against falls is essential. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes safety regulations for each industry. Although the height at which protection is required differs from one industry to the next, falls can cause employees to be injured at work in all environments.

Steps to coping with a new disability

Workplace accidents will often result in temporary or permanent disabilities. Whether your disability will only last a few months or if it is indefinite, a sudden disability is life altering. Taking a trip to the grocery store or making a meal might now become an overwhelming task. You will probably feel shock, fear, and anger at having this sudden life change. It's important to know that it is normal to feel this way and there are steps you can take to cope with these new changes.

Can my employer make me return to work if I am still in pain?

Not all injuries are as obvious to the outside world as broken bones and stitches. Injuries can still linger even if they do not look painful on the outside. While an injured employee is at home recovering they can receive workers' compensation benefits. While in recovery employees often feel pressured by their employer to get back to work as soon as possible. Sometimes the pain can be too much or even dangerous to endure. Here's what injured people should know about returning to work after an accident.

For injured workers, access to workers' compensation is not easy

On-the-job accidents can lead to extended time away from work, which can increase the financial burden of an injury by adding lost wages to the mix. Workers' compensation benefits are supposed to help injured workers in Colorado, but a federal report indicates that many victims are not being adequately cared for. Workers who have suffered an injury while at work are actually at a significantly high risk of falling below the poverty line.

Lack of training can lead to major machinery accidents

Manufacturing is a dangerous industry to work in. Accidents will happen in the workplace no matter what, but a lack of training can make an incident much worse. Workers who operate machinery on a daily basis know how important training can be. An improperly trained worker not only puts himself in danger but the people around him. For example if someone does not know how to drive a forklift then they could endanger everyone around them by accidentally dropping heavy crates or tipping the machine.

Hurt at work? We get the workers' compensation benefits you need

Mention workers' compensation and most people immediately picture a victim who was harmed in a serious industrial accident. While these types of accidents can and do happen, virtually any worker in any industry can be injured at work. Because of this, it is important for Colorado workers to understand exactly what workers' compensation benefits are and what they cover.

Never do these six things after an accident at work

It's easy to get into a daily routine at work. You come in at the same time every day and morning rituals lead you through the workday quickly. When an accident suddenly happens in the middle of your routine it can be especially jarring. After being suddenly shaken from your routine you might not know the right things to do or say. It is important to be careful about your actions after an injury because you could be putting yourself at risk for paying medical bills yourself and losing a workers' compensation claim. Just make sure to never do the following after an accident at work:

Can construction workers receive workers' compensation and disability benefits?

Construction employees work around hazards such as tall heights, heavy equipment, and sharp tools. When accidents happen the injuries can be worse than in most professions. These injuries will have a major impact on daily life and can last a long time. When employees see that their workers' compensation benefits are not what they need then many ask, "Can I get both workers' compensation and disability benefits?"

Goodwill employee dead after accident, death benefits possible

Most people associate workplace injuries and fatalities with the construction and manufacturing industries, but virtually any Colorado employee in any work environment can be harmed while completing their work duties. A Goodwill employee is a tragic example of just that after he suffered fatal injuries on the job. Although no amount of compensation could ever replace the life of a loved one, his family can likely address the financial-related damages through workers' compensation death benefits.

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