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Safety hazards and injured workers’ rights

Factory and warehouse employees undoubtedly have some of the most dangerous jobs. As employers continue to implement safety procedures and offer continuous training to their employees, accidents and injuries still occur. Injured workers in the state of Colorado are urged to understand their rights should any health or safety concerns arise in the workplace.

Health and safety hazards in the workplace can stem anywhere from dangerous substances or chemicals to erratic behaviors causing injury or harm to others in the workplace. In any event, employers are legally required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to follow certain procedures while handling these situations. Should these procedures not be properly enforced, an employee has the right to file a complaint with OSHA to correct any hazardous or dangerous work environments.

When a health or safety hazard occurs, the workplace can be negatively affected. OSHA continues to provide awareness by implementing and updating health and safety guidelines and programs. Despite these efforts, workers injured in the workplace may be entitled workers’ compensation claims to cover any incurred medical cost as a result of an injury.

Workers’ compensation claims can be tricky and specific, therefore Colorado workers injured in the workplace are advised to seek the guidance of an experienced legal counsel to evaluate any workers’ compensation claims. Injured workers are entitled to receive proper medical care while also being fully and fairly compensated for any past or future medical expenses and any lost income. Injured workers shouldn’t have to suffer alone to receive the entitlements they deserve.

Source: smallbusiness.chron.com, “Importance of Workplace Health & Safety“, Sherrie Scott, Accessed on Feb. 12, 2018

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