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Workers infected by MRSA may receive workman's comp

Working in medical facilities and other health care related industries comes with its own set of hazards. One of them is the possibility of contracting a virulent strain of staph bacteria (staphylococcus aureus) called MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus). This bacteria is transmitted from touching the skin of an infected person; it is highly contagious and is resistant to a number of antibiotics. Colorado workers who become infected by MRSA may be able to receive workman's comp benefits to help with medical costs and any wages lost if they are unable to work.

Hospital staff are at risk for becoming injured at work

Not only doctors, but nurses and other staff who have direct contact with patients are at risk of contracting a serious or deadly illness. Hospital staff members who are tasked with cleaning rooms and doing the laundry are sometimes at greater risk of becoming injured at work. Most Colorado medical facilities ensure that safety measures are in place to reduce the risk of staff contracting a disease or illness under these circumstances, but not every medical facility does.

19 workers needed medical treatment for CO exposure

Colorado industrial workers may have heard about a carbon monoxide leak at a facility in a nearby state that sent 19 people to the hospital. They all required medical treatment for exposure to the toxic gas, which entails giving them 100 percent oxygen. As the workers recover, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will conduct an investigation into the source of the workers' exposure.

Inhalation of asbestos can lead to permanent disability or death

Colorado workers in certain industries seem to have the highest risk of asbestos exposure -- construction workers, mechanics and those who repair ships. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that no level of exposure to this naturally occurring substance is considered safe. Inhalation can ultimately result in permanent disability or death. 

Colorado gas workers may need workman's comp for benzene exposure

Employers are obligated to keep the safety of their employees a top priority. This means ensuring that they have a risk-free work environment, adequate training and functional equipment, and that other safety measures are in place. However, some employees are still at-risk for illness or injury because their companies are not required to follow certain guidelines to which other industries are subject. They may end up filing for workman's comp, as some Colorado natural gas workers may have to do, according to reports of increased exposure to a potentially harmful chemical -- benzene.

Repetitive stress injuries common in broad swath of industries

At first glance, industrial and office-based work may have next to nothing in common. However, the reality is that many roles in both fields are characterized by repetitive tasks. Those in the industrial sector might install the same component and office workers might complete tasks on their computers for the majority of the day.

Beat the heat: Uncovering the dangers of heat illness, Part 2

Summer is often a time for celebration. Not only are young people usually on vacation from school, but the warm weather is cause for people to gather together. On the other hand, the heat may be a tremendous cause of concern among those who work outdoors.

Beat the heat: Uncovering the dangers of heat illness, Part 1

Depending on the occupation, there may be certain professional hazards that simply come with the territory. Although this might be true, there is no reason to avoid taking all necessary precautions to identify and mitigate the risk of workplace illnesses or accidents.

Radiation damage done decades ago still current Colorado news

Sometimes it can feel like one gives his or her life to their work. For most workers, that might simply mean that they devote a lot of time to their job. For others, unfortunately, it might mean that they literally lose quality of their life because of their work. 

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