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Workplace injury can come in Colorado when machinery is used

Colorado readers may be interested to learn about a recent injury to a man that occurred as he worked on his job. The man, who lives in another state, worked for a cast iron plant that had been the subject of safety investigations in the late 1990s and the early 2000s. However, the inury during work does not appear to be related to the past federal investigations.

The man became stuck between two pieces of machinery. His injuries are not considered life threatening, though he did require transport to a local hospital for medical care. It is not clear if, or when, the man will be able to return to his job at the plant.

As is the case in many workplace accidents in Colorado and elsewhere, the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration was notified of the incident. This notification could lead to further inquiry into the events that led to the workplace accident. Such an inquiry would likely include a review of all available evidence, including speaking with eye witnesses and reviewing video surveillance should any exist.

Clearly, there is a wide array of potential problems facing workers on the job. In some instances, a workplace injury accident can come with little warning. When this happens, the first concern is securing appropriate medical care for the fallen employee. Later, a worker may find that it is necessary to seek the benefits offered by the state's workers' compensation insurance program that is intended to assist by providing coverage for medical expenses and a lost income package so that the employee can focus on getting better and returning to work.

Source: leihighvalleylive.com, "Easton man identified as injured worker at Atlantic States in Phillipsburg," Andrew George, March 12, 2013

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