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April 28 is Workers' Memorial Day

Every year, about 4,000 people are killed while working in the U.S. and about 4 million suffer injuries. To honor those who have died in workplace accidents and to underscore the need for workplace safety, the AFL-CIO established Workers' Memorial Day on April 28, 1970. Every year since then, April 28 has been designated as a day of remembrance in the U.S., and the practice has spread to at least 17 countries. By coincidence, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was established exactly one year later.

Negligent operation of forklifts can cause permanent disability

Although forklifts are used in many industries in Colorado, their presence in lumberyards typically causes severe hazards. The risks of serious injuries -- and even permanent disability -- apply not only to the operators of lift trucks but also workers sharing their workspaces with these dangerous machines. Because the use of forklifts is so prevalent and they are such familiar machines moving about lumber yards, employers and employees sometimes disregard the hazards they pose.

Injured workers: What are the dangers of solvents in workplaces?

In Colorado and other states, millions of employees are exposed to hazardous solvents every day. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health explains that solvents are those substances that are capable of dispersing or dissolving other substances. Solvents are mostly liquid materials but could also come in gas form. When it comes to organic solvents, there are three general types -- halogenated solvents, oxygenated solvents and hydrocarbon solvents. Injured workers are affected in different manners, depending on the type of solvent to which they are exposed.

Construction workers fear high risk of being injured at work

Safety authorities nationwide, including in Colorado, have often mentioned the concerns over workers' injuries and fatalities in highway construction zones. Now, after one more worker's death in another state, the voice of the employees was also heard. Road construction workers are typically concerned about being injured at work and their abilities to care for their families.

Involving workers in safety planning may avoid medical treatment

Many business owners and managers at workplaces in Colorado think they have their fingers on the pulse, but in some cases, the employees are the ones who are more aware of the existing hazards in the environments in which they earn their incomes. Workers are accustomed to the areas in which they spend many hours every day, and they will likely immediately notice if a new hazard arises. Employers may have to deal with fewer workplace injuries needing medical treatment if they consult with employees when they establish safety protocols.

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