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July 2017 Archives

Lifting causes many injured workers to file benefits claims

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the overexertion workers experience with respect to manual lifting tasks is a cause for concern when it comes to the safety and health of employees nationwide, including in Colorado. Significant numbers of reports by injured workers link their injuries to lifting. OSHA's safety regulations do not include rules for manual lifting, but the agency recommends compliance with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health guidelines that include formulas to help determine weights that will be safe to lift.

Recorded statements can be a trap for the unwary

In some workers' compensation cases, the insurance company will ask an injured worker to make a recorded statement. When this happens, it can spell trouble for the worker. It indicates that the insurance company may be trying to collect information with the aim of minimizing benefits or denying the claim altogether. At the same time, if you refuse to cooperate or display a truculent attitude, the insurer could cite that as a reason for refusing to pay your claim. What's an injured worker to do?

Needle and sharps injuries still a problem for nurses

Nurses face the threat of many occupational injuries and illnesses. One of the most common of those threats is that posed by sharp instruments, including needles, scalpels, and other sharp instruments. The danger comes not so much from the actual puncture wound itself but from the possibility of contracting an infection such as HIV or hepatitis. Growing concern over the possibility of infections from bloodborne pathogens in the 1980s and 1990s led Congress to enact the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act (NSPA) in 2000.

Scholarships for children of injured workers

A work accident that results in disability or death can change the trajectory of a child's life. By reducing the family's income, it may force a young person to delay starting college or forego college altogether. The person's lifetime earning potential may be permanently reduced.

Ladder accidents can cause permanent disability

Construction worker safety is of utmost importance in Colorado, and ladder safety is one aspect that has recently received a lot of attention. The U.S. Department of Labor says roofers are at a particular risk, and between 75 and 100 of them are killed in workplace accidents every year. Around 75 percent of those deaths resulted from falls, some of which were no higher than four feet. It is not uncommon for a fall survivor to end up with a permanent disability.

Landscape service workers can prevent being injured at work

With summer in full swing, landscaping services in Colorado are also in high demand. However, owners of garden services and tree-trimming businesses must not lose sight of the importance of employee safety. To promote workplace safety, training is vital. Workers who know the potential hazards of their jobs and learn the relevant safety regulations have a lesser chance of being injured at work.

First responders can now get benefits for PTSD

It took years of work, but with the signing of H.B. 17-1229 last month, first responders and other workers in Colorado can now get workers' compensation benefits for job-related post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Colorado thus joins a small number of states that recognize PTSD as a compensable work illness.

Family may claim death benefits after fatal trench collapse

Trenches present some of the most deadly hazards in the construction injury, and employers nationwide, including in Colorado, must comply with safety regulations. Compliance is the only way in which to prevent tragedies that sometimes leave families with nothing more than workers' compensation death benefits. This was the fate of a family in another state after the death of a 19-year-old worker in a trench.

Young people are vulnerable to work injuries

Summer is here, and thousands of Colorado teens are earning some extra cash as part-time workers. Most of them aren't planning to stay in those jobs for very long. Instead, many are looking ahead to college or military service. Others aren't sure what the future has in store for them. What none of them are expecting is getting injured while working. But a significant number of teenagers working in summer jobs do get injured - and some even get killed.

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Although many employees know that they have rights after a workplace accident, many do not realize that they do not have to accept a workers' compensation package that is inadequate for their recovery. In other cases, employees may fear that challenging the initial benefits package offered by their employer's insurance carrier might jeopardize their job security.

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