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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When many people think of workers' compensation, they probably think of specific work accidents. Falling from a ladder on a construction site is only one example of this type of injury.
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.