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Workplace Injuries Archives

Injured workers and workplace death rates on the rise

As employees prepare for work and begin the work day, the thought of getting injured or not coming home is far from their minds. Although some occupations come with a higher percent of injured workers or workplace deaths, these can often be preventable with the enforcement of regulations and codes, guidelines and safety training. Colorado workers should be aware of all the dangers associated within their line of work and understand their rights should an accident occur.

Fatal workplace accidents continue to increase

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has just released its annual report on workplace fatalities and it contains some distressing news: workplace fatalities continue to their upward trend. In 2016, a total of 5,190 workers died from injuries suffered in the workplace. That's up from 4,836 fatalities in 2015, and represents an increase of 7.3 percent.

Outdoor workers at risk for cold stress injuries

Now that winter is here, workers who labor outside need to take special precautions to avoid frostbite, hypothermia, and other "cold stress" injuries. Those workers most at risk include construction workers, sanitation workers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and tow truck drivers. But remember that in severely cold weather even a few minutes spent outside could result in serious and potentially disabling injuries.

1 of 3 injured workers succumbs to oil field burn injuries

An incident involving a fire occurred while oil field workers were doing maintenance work on a pipeline in Colorado. Reportedly, three employees suffered injuries during this event, which took place on Nov. 16. Five days later, on Nov. 21, it was reported that one of the three injured workers had succumbed to his injuries.

Workplace hazards faced by hotel housekeepers

Anyone who has stayed at a hotel has seen them: hotel housekeepers. Though it might appear that their work is not too hard, their days can be grueling and at times hazardous. In fact, according to one study hotel housekeepers are 40 percent more likely to suffer work injuries than other service sector workers. What are these hazards?

Construction zone crash might lead to permanent disability

Construction workers on the busy highways nationwide, including in Colorado, face life-threatening hazards whenever they are improving roads to keep others safe. Sadly, it takes only a moment of distraction to cause an accident with devastating consequences, particularly in areas where construction workers move about. One such an accident in a neighboring state recently might have caused a permanent disability to an employee of a construction company.

Common sense forklift safey

Throughout Denver, there are many manufacturing facilities and warehouses that require employees to operate a forklift as part of their daily job responsibilities. Operating a forklift comes with its own set of risks, so it's critical that employees receive proper training and safety resources prior to utilizing this equipment.

Pressure washer injuries can be serious and even fatal

Even the most basic of power tools can pose serious hazards. Look at the pressure washer for example, used to clean things such as building exteriors, paved surfaces, commercial vehicles, and farm equipment. It's far more than just a souped up garden hose. An electrically-powered industrial grade pressure washer sprays water at pressures at 1,000 pounds per square inch or more. A gas-powered pressure washer can spray water at pressures ranging from 2,000 to 4,000 pounds per square inch.

Family of deceased refinery worker may seek death benefits

Refinery workers in Colorado and other states face multiple hazards in the line of duty. Within the blink of an eye, a deadly situation can develop. One such an incident claimed the life of a worker in a neighboring state on a recent Monday. Such tragedies typically lead to death benefits claims filed with the workers' compensation insurance program.

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