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Workers' rights and the safety of temporary employees

Questions are often asked about the responsibility of primary employers such as staffing agencies and host employers for the safety of temporary workers in Colorado. Employees and even employers may be unsure about this, but the answer is that these workers' rights to protection are the same as the rights of full-time workers. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, it is the joint responsibility of primary and host employers.

Tesla threatening to withhold severance from whistleblowers

Safety in the workplace needs to be a foremost concern for large companies. This is especially true for companies in the manufacturing industry. Heavy machinery, conveyor belts, hydraulic arms and other pieces of equipment can lead to very serious injury when employees are not properly trained to use and work around them.

Injured at work due to violations of forklift safety rules?

Forklifts often bring out the boys in men. However, regardless of the temptation to have some fun, these machines must be seen for what they are -- dangerous. Workers who are injured at work are typically entitled to workers' compensation benefits. However, if injuries occurred during horseplay on a forklift, claims might be denied. Colorado employers are responsible for the safety of employees, and one way to avoid forklift injuries is to enforce safety regulations.

How many teens will be injured at work in summer jobs this year?

Colorado teens who take on summer jobs are often entering the workforce for the first time. It is an exciting time, their first steps to becoming financially independent from their parents. The last thing on their minds would likely be the possibility of being injured at work. However, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration notes that a significant number of work-related accidents involve new workers under the age of 25.

ACL injuries can be painful and disabling

We hear about professional athletes suffering knee injuries all the time. These can occur when undue stress is placed on the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) which connects the upper and lower parts of the leg. When the knee is twisted or bends too much, the ligament can stretch or partially tear. In severe cases, the ligament can be torn entirely. Some athletes recover from these injuries, while for others, an ACL injury marks the end of their careers.

The construction industry can be a dangerous one for its workers

Earlier this year, two construction workers were killed and five others injured at a Denver construction site when a fire broke out. Many of the workers were treated for broken bones, which they received from either jumping from the second and third floors, or by trying to catch the workers that were jumping.

Lack of hand protection can cause permanent disability

Workers in industrial facilities in Colorado may not all realize the risks of suffering severe injuries if they fail to wear, or are not provided with, the necessary personal protective equipment. Some employers and workers might regard gloves as unnecessary and a hindrance. They may not realize that protective hand gear is essential in avoiding severe hand injuries that could cause permanent disability.

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