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August 2018 Archives

Construction zone worker airlifted for medical treatment

Construction zone workers on Colorado highways will always be vulnerable. Not only does the traffic that passes through pose a risk but also the construction vehicles on site. A member of a construction crew on Highway 149 was airlifted to a hospital in Durango for medical treatment after a recent workplace accident.

Workers' compensation has the back of injured farmworkers

Colorado's agriculture industry contributes billions of dollars to the economy of the state. However, consumers of Colorado cantaloupes, peaches, sweet corn and red meat may not realize the toll it takes to provide these products to the market. Fortunately, the workers' compensation insurance system covers most farm workers who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses.

Causes of common no-fault work injuries in construction

Construction workers in Colorado have challenging jobs that expose them to a variety of hazards. Some of the most common no-fault work injuries in this industry result from slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents. These workers have to cope with the many elevations typically found on construction sites, including going up and down scaffolding, scaling ladders and navigating through debris and clutter. Slippery walkways are par for the course and not only during icy conditions.

Head injury patients avoid radiation by taking a new blood test

Some injuries are harder to identify than others. When an employee breaks a leg or sprains their ankle, that injury is visible on an x-ray. While no one really wants to go through the hassle of an x-ray, sitting under the machine poses little risk to your health. That is not the case for a CT (or CAT) scan.

Injured workers: Farm workers face an endless list of hazards

Employees in the agriculture industry face multiple risks every day. Farm owners and managers in Colorado have an endless list of hazards to address if they want to avoid having to deal with the consequences of injured workers. The heat of summer and the cold of winter pose severe risks, and many farm accidents involve falls from ladders and elevated work areas. Agricultural operations in both crop farming and animal production often cause musculoskeletal injuries because workers frequently work in awkward body postures and make repetitive motions.

The oil and gas industry: severe injuries upstream

If asked to identify the most dangerous industries in the U.S., most American's would include the oil and gas industry. That reaction is supported by a recent analysis by E&E News which found the oil and gas industry held the highest rates of severe injury in the nation. According to the analysis, the definition of a severe injury is one causing hospitalization or loss of a body part.

Hazards in retail

Working in retail is one of the most popular jobs in Denver. That being said, it is sometimes easy to forget about the possible hazards that come with working in this field. Injuries in this industry make up for over 20 percent of all non-fatal injuries at work.

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