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Booming construction industry could mean increased site injuries

In an uncertain economy, the news of more jobs being created can be great news. For Coloradans, as more people are building homes, more construction jobs become available. In fact, in the past year, nearly 9,000 construction-related jobs were created throughout the state.

Might truckers' work injuries be prevented by smarter trucks?

Although many people in Colorado might be nervous to drive near big tractor-trailer trucks, thinking that they might get severely injured if they were involved in a truck accident, many truckers are also at risk of serious injuries in an accident. It may be easy to assume that most truck accidents are caused by negligent truck drivers, but that is not always true. And when a truck driver suffers work injuries in Colorado, he or she can file for workers' compensation benefits.

Teenager's arm crushed, amputated following meat grinder accident

The laws and regulations that protect Colorado employees are sometimes different based on the worker's age. For example, there are certain things that anyone under 18 cannot do at work, such as the prohibition under the Fair Labor Standards Act's Hazardous Occupations Order No. 10 which limits anyone under 18 from using, interacting with or cleaning meat processing machines. Although some employers in Jefferson County may find this rule capricious, there is good reason for it, and the recent story of a 17-year-old boy who lost his arm after it was crushed in a meat grinder proves the point.

3 construction workers seriously injured by falling building

What may have started as a regular day for a team of construction workers working on a university building, but it ended with four of the workers hospitalized and three of them in serious condition. It remains to be seen what caused this horrible construction site accident, as well as how long it will take before the injured construction workers will be allowed to resume work, if ever.

Elevator mechanic crushed to death by elevator counterweight

The family of a 63-year-old elevator mechanic is in mourning after it was reported that he was crushed to death while working on an elevator. While the loss of any family member is difficult, it is particularly difficult to know that someone died in a work-related accident, as employers are required to protect their employees against workplace hazards. Unfortunately, some things are beyond their control, but regardless if an accident should have been protected against or not, the families of Colorado employees killed at work deserve death and dependency benefits.

Federal transportation body lists common causes of truck crashes

While many people in Castle Rock Parker may look at the large semitrailer trucks rumbling down the road and think about the kind of damage an accident with a heavy truck could cause, the drivers employed by the trucking companies are also at risk of serious injury. When trucking accidents do happen, it is important to remember that it is not always the truckers' fault; sometimes it is a motorist who caused the accident.

Tree crushes man, causes fatal injuries at remote work site

Not every job in Greeley is in the city or even easily accessible if an accident were to happen. While this can be dangerous, it would only make sense that those employees who don't have ready access to emergency services would be well trained and prepared for an emergency if it were to arise. Even with the best planning and training, however, accidents can and do happen, some of which are fatal.

Explosion causes crush injuries for welder, saved by colleague

If you ask many people in Colorado whether they'd prefer to work alone or with their coworkers, many may choose the solitude, especially those that work in a crowded office. While it is certainly nice to have some peace and quiet in the workplace, there are benefits to having colleagues present. One welder may not have survived an explosion and some crush injuries if he hadn't had a coworker, making him glad that there was someone else at the excavation business that day.

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