Workers’ rights focus of OSHA and ISRA collaboration

Colorado workers in the scrap recycling industry may find comfort in learning that there a cooperative effort involving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries promotes improved safety. Workers’ rights include the right to work environments that are free of known hazards. Nevertheless, the number of workplace accidents within…


Injured workers: Silica dangers at Colorado fracking sites

Colorado workers at fracking sites are exposed to a disease that dates back to ancient times and one that remains a severe threat. The danger is in the silica particles — often too small for the eye to see — that are contained in the sand that is used in the fracking process. After a…


Winter weather can lead to injured workers

Now that the weather has turned colder, workers and their employers may need to prepare for it. Anyone who works outdoors knows that the Colorado winters can be harsh. Cold temperatures, snow and wind can create a perfect storm of slippery roads and frigid working conditions. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, taking…


Healthcare workers and workplace hazards, part 2

Healthcare workers face all sorts of hazards on the job. As we noted in the first part of this post, these hazards range from needlesticks (and possible hepatitis exposure) to back pain from lifting patients who are unable to get up (or into) bed on their own. In this part of the post, let’s dig…


Illegal construction site raises questions about workers’ comp

As an employee in the state of Colorado, you have the right to safe working conditions and any employer who fails to provide such an environment runs the risk of civil litigation as well as fines from the government. But what happens if your place of employment has a history of breaking the law? Would…


Interpretation of OSHA clause focus of SeaWorld appeal

It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly three years since the SeaWorld trainer was killed on-the-job during a routine performance. The news of the death spread across the country, especially after an OSHA investigation revealed multiple safety violations. But the national theme park conglomerate appealed the citations and the case is now in…

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