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Permanent disability may follow a fall during snow removal

After heavy snowfall in Colorado, workers who are involved in snow removal may not recognize the hazardous nature of the job. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, worker fatalities and serious injuries during these operations mostly follow falls through skylights, off roof edges, from aerial lifts and ladders. Sometimes, such falls cause permanent disability.

Fatal workplace accidents continue to increase

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has just released its annual report on workplace fatalities and it contains some distressing news: workplace fatalities continue to their upward trend. In 2016, a total of 5,190 workers died from injuries suffered in the workplace. That's up from 4,836 fatalities in 2015, and represents an increase of 7.3 percent.

How to lose your workers' compensation case

Many workers' compensation claims are approved in a relatively timely and orderly way. After a period of review, the insurance company approves the claim and issues its General Admission of Liability, and the injured worker gets medical and wage replacement benefits.

Surprising facts regarding rehabilitation rights in Colorado

Whether you work in an office, on a construction site or 50 feet in the air as window washer, your employer is typically obligated to purchase insurance through the worker's compensation program so you can collect benefits if you suffer injury on the job. Some jobs are undoubtedly more dangerous than others; however, accidents can happen anywhere, and sudden injury can have long-term consequences even if the injured person's condition is non life-threatening. A key factor toward successful recovery often lies in the type of rehabilitation provided. Colorado workers will want to make sure they understand rehabilitation rights in this state before claiming benefits.

More oil wells will result in more employees injured at work

The oil and gas industry in Colorado is expanding rapidly. Sadly, as more wells open, more workers are injured at work -- sometimes fatally. Safety advocates are increasingly concerned because there seems to be no enforcement when explosions and fires in the oilfields cause death and injuries to workers and the public because many activities are taking place in close proximity to communities.

Workplace dental injuries

Dental injuries resulting from workplace accidents can raise some complex medical and legal issues. Why does a dentist insist on treating pre-existing dental problems before addressing a dental injury resulting from a workplace accident? Who pays for the treatment of pre-existing dental problems? What if the dentist has no experience handling workers' compensation claims?

Death benefits claim may follow fatality at Garmin warehouse

Construction company owners in Colorado and all other states are responsible for the safety and health of their employees. Federal and state safety agencies govern workplace safety compliance with prescribed regulations. It is often said that many workers' compensation claims for death benefits might have been avoided if safety rules had not been violated.

Outdoor workers at risk for cold stress injuries

Now that winter is here, workers who labor outside need to take special precautions to avoid frostbite, hypothermia, and other "cold stress" injuries. Those workers most at risk include construction workers, sanitation workers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and tow truck drivers. But remember that in severely cold weather even a few minutes spent outside could result in serious and potentially disabling injuries.

When can workers' compensation benefits be reduced?

The Colorado workers' compensation system provides vital assistance to people who suffer on-the-job injuries. The benefits provided cover medical costs, partial replacement of wages, and when indicated, disability benefits. But in some cases, benefits can be reduced before an injured worker reaches the point of maximum medical improvement.

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