Every year, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) issues its “Dirty Dozen” list. This organization reviews the safety records of employers across the nation to identify those it considers to be the most hazardous for employees in terms of occupational deaths, injuries and illnesses.
The 2018 Dirty Dozen list includes four employers with operations in Colorado.
Who is on the Dirty Dozen List?
Though none of the employers cited by National COSH are headquartered in Colorado, four do have extensive operations in the state. Together, these four companies employ thousands of workers in Colorado:
Amazon – This giant retailer was first on the National COSH list. The organization notes that seven Amazon workers have been killed on the job since 2013. Amazon currently operates one fulfillment center in Aurora, and is planning to open another fulfillment center in Thornton in August 2018. In addition, Amazon operates a data center in Denver and a technical support facility in Broomfield.
Lowe’s Home Improvement – National COSH cites the company’s poor safety record. Most strikingly, 17 U.S. workers have died as the result of exposure to paint strippers containing methylene chloride, while refinishing bathtubs. Like Amazon. Lowe’s operates large warehouse facilities where workers face the possibility of injuries caused by forklifts, falling merchandise, exposure to chemicals and other hazards.
Waste Management – This company is the nation’s largest waste disposal operator. It has been cited for safety violations more than 60 times by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, resulting in more than $1 million in fines. Waste Management has operated in Colorado for more than 50 years and employs more than 1,200 employees in the state. Waste collection and disposal workers face numerous workplace hazards.
In addition, National COSH named Dine Brands Global, Inc., to the Dirty Dozen list. This employer is the parent corporation for the IHOP and Applebee’s restaurant chains. Workers at these chains have reported made more than 60 complaints regarding sexual harassment, groping and threats of violence.
Workers who have suffered injuries while working and family members of fatal work accident victims may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. They should speak with an experienced attorney if they have questions about a claim.