Of all the hazards facing construction workers here in Colorado and around the country, falling is often touted as being one of the most common dangers that leads to injury or death. Sometimes, when work is being done at an existing business, the business' employees could be victims of the same hazards. For example, five people on the West Coast recently plunged 20 feet at a construction site at a casino. Reports do not indicate whether the injured workers were construction company employees or casino employees.
Every Colorado employee has the right to a safe workplace. When a company violates its workers' rights to be safe in the course of their duties, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration often steps in and conducts an investigation to identify problem areas the company needs to correct. Such an investigation was recently conducted at an out-of-state poultry producer after a complaint was filed.
Working in a Colorado correctional institution can be dangerous work. The men and women who go "behind the wall" to protect the rest of us are tasked with maintaining order. In the performance of their duties, the potential for suffering an injury that leads to permanent disability or death is ever present.
When a person loses their life as a result of a work accident, their family may be entitled to death benefits through workers' compensation. Death benefits can often be used to cover funeral costs and loss of income incurred from the tragic loss of a loved one. An older truck driver in Colorado recently lost his life in an accident that caused his fully loaded truck to tilt and fall on its side.
Although humans may want the ability to predict the future, life is full of uncertainty. In order to minimize the anxiety caused by unpredictability, people may seek various forms of insurance.
In the first part of this post we began discussing the risks of injuries and illnesses that firefighters face on the job.
Let's pick up the thread of our discussion of injuries caused by repetitive strain.
As the winter months continue, we also continue our informal series on snow-related workplace hazards. Previously we’ve discussed some of the dangers that ski resort workers can face while on the slopes as well as hazards associated with snow removal. But snow-related work accidents can affect employees who are indoors as well.
If you work at an oil and gas well site, you probably went through some form of safety training to help reduce the risk of an accident or injury at work. This likely included instructions on how to properly use equipment and protective gear.
When you hear the word “accident”, you often do not think of an intentional act. When you hear the phrase work accident, you likely think of a box falling off a top shelf, a shirt getting snagged in a machine or a construction worker getting hit by a passing car. But what if an employer intentionally ignores safety procedures?