The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's focus on companies who expose their employees to fall hazards has resulted in multiple citations and thousands of dollars in fines. Despite enforcement in Colorado and other states, and the numbers of injured workers who did their jobs without fall protection, repeat violations continue to occur. OSHA inspectors recently cited a construction company in another state after finding the same violations on multiple visits.
The manufacturing industry in Colorado and other states pose many dangers to employees. One of the hazards that has caused the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to heighten its focus on enforcement of safety regulations is amputation injuries. Although the agency plans to target surrounding states, Colorado workers face the same types of risks that could lead to temporary or permanent disability.
Every year during the grain harvesting season workers in Colorado and neighboring states are exposed to elevated levels of safety hazards at grain and animal feed facilities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes a list of precautionary regulations particularly for the handling of this type of produce. However, at this time of the year, the pressure of the workload sometimes leads to employers failing to enforce safety rules, often resulting in employees being injured at work.
Workers play an essential part in the success of any business. However, many employers in Colorado and other states fail to recognize the importance of the health and safety of their employees. A company in another state is facing proposed fines of up to $422,680 for violations of workers' rights to safe workplace environments.
Colorado workers may expect an international company that is a world leader in its field of industry to recognize the importance of a safe and healthy workforce. Sadly, this is often not the case, as became evident after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration received complaints of dangerous working conditions that allegedly violated workers' rights at a cement production facility. An inspection followed at one of the company's manufacturing facilities in another state.
During commemorations of Workers Memorial Day, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations expressed its concern over the rising number of workplace fatalities nationwide, including in Colorado. The organization continues to fight for workers' rights to make a living and provide support for their families without having to risk their lives. The president of the organization said big corporations profit from the labor of workers who are offered little or no safety protection.
Employees of hospitals in Colorado are exposed to multiple health hazards. Chemical substances that are handled by health workers can be life threatening. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued citations after an investigation was launched to determine compliance with safety regulations at a hospital in another state. Workers' rights include protection from safety hazards, and hospitals are being closely monitored to limit instances of health workers being injured at work due to safety violations.
Hospital employees nationwide, including here in Colorado, are typically exposed to a wide variety of safety hazards. However, those working in psychiatric hospitals have to face an additional range of potential risks. Injured workers are prevalent in these facilities, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently shed light on the work environments of employees at a psychiatric hospital in another state.
Workplace safety is a primary concern in all industries nationwide, including here in Colorado. Exposing workers to known safety hazards is unacceptable, and it constitutes a violation of workers' rights. An industrial manufacturer in another state was recently cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for multiple safety violations.
The ideal situation at any Colorado worksite would be for company owners to comply with all the federal safety regulations and for workers to perform their duties knowing that all known safety hazards are addressed. After all, all workers are entitled to safe work environments. Sadly, the reality is that many employers focus on profits rather than on worker safety. A recent out-of-state accident appears to be the result of a disregard for worker safety, and it has left one family likely seeking workers' compensation benefits after the death of a loved one.