In the beginning of a new year, people tend to look back on the year before and resolve to do things differently moving forward. They often think about what happened, what caused certain events and what should be changed to make the new year even better.
Employers throughout the Colorado and the rest of the U.S. are responsible for maintaining the safety of their construction workers by ensuring the structural integrity of the facilities where work is being conducted. Otherwise, dangerous collapses may lead to serious workplace injuries. When construction companies failed to inspect ongoing construction projects, workers may suffer severe injuries by no fault of their own. New information shows that one Texas company is under fire from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after failing to properly secure a structure that was being built at a university. Fines in the matter total nearly $50,000, according to official reports.
You’ve heard it before: employers have a responsibility to keep the workplace safe for workers. But what does that mean? Who monitors the employers? What guidelines are in place to ensure that employers are kept up-to-date on industry standards?
“Safety first!” This may be the motto at your place of employment. There may be safety procedures in place to help reduce the risk of accidents and injuries; employees may be encouraged to follow safety protocol. But many workers may find that despite existing procedures, incidents are still occurring.
Fortunately for many employees in Colorado, workplace back injuries rarely end in paralysis. That does not mean that some don't, or that some work accidents result in severe injuries to the spine, many of which result in workers' compensation. One of the biggest problems with workplace back injuries is that they can quickly go from just a small twinge into something much more serious.