Although many employees know that they have rights after a workplace accident, many do not realize that they do not have to accept a workers' compensation package that is inadequate for their recovery. In other cases, employees may fear that challenging the initial benefits package offered by their employer's insurance carrier might jeopardize their job security.
Workplace accidents will often result in temporary or permanent disabilities. Whether your disability will only last a few months or if it is indefinite, a sudden disability is life altering. Taking a trip to the grocery store or making a meal might now become an overwhelming task. You will probably feel shock, fear, and anger at having this sudden life change. It's important to know that it is normal to feel this way and there are steps you can take to cope with these new changes.
Not all injuries are as obvious to the outside world as broken bones and stitches. Injuries can still linger even if they do not look painful on the outside. While an injured employee is at home recovering they can receive workers' compensation benefits. While in recovery employees often feel pressured by their employer to get back to work as soon as possible. Sometimes the pain can be too much or even dangerous to endure. Here's what injured people should know about returning to work after an accident.
Women around the country -- including many here in Colorado -- have entered industries traditionally staffed by men. One of those industries is construction. The equipment and clothing provided to them needs to be properly fitted in order to prevent them from being injured at work.
Colorado may be about half way through the winter months, but there will be plenty more cold days before Spring. For anyone who works outside, the cold is more than just an inconvenience -- it is a serious hazard. Companies need to take additional precautions in cold weather in order to prevent injured workers.
One of the duties of investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is to conduct an investigation after a workplace fatality. OSHA generally has up to six months to determine whether citations need to be issued and fines need to be assessed against the company where the worker died. One such investigation was recently completed at Colorado-based meatpacking company, JBS USA, after a worker was fatally injured at work.
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 the appropriate precautions to prevent injured workers is necessary.
As we covered in a recent blog post, safety training is often one of the most critical components in creating a healthy work environment. In addition to providing a safe physical environment and safety equipment, employees may need clear direction as to how they can operate safely within their job role.
One of the good things about workers' compensation is that you don't have to prove your employer was negligent. If an injury happened on the job, there is generally eligibility for work comp coverage.
Some workplaces are of course more dangerous than others.