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January 2014 Archives

Workplace injury and death occur in two plant explosions

Industrial plant explosions are a serious concern to workers, employers and government regulatory agencies. The aftermath of a plant explosion can look like a war zone, with buried bodies, severed limbs, severe burn victims and other catastrophic injuries. When a Colorado worker suffers a workplace injury from an explosion, the resulting disability may often turn out to be dramatically more disabling than many other kinds of on-the-job injury.

OSHA opens workplace injury database geared to healthcare field

Hospital safety and injuries to hospital workers is a hot topic for OSHA administrators and others due to steadily rising numbers of workplace injuries to healthcare workers. The problem is important enough that OSHA has opened a website to help educate hospital administrators in Colorado and throughout the country on how to better prevent workplace accident in the hospital setting. Voluminous online information is available at the OSHA site.

Workers' compensation is paid regardless of employee fault

Even if an employee is injured while doing something that would normally be considered as careless or unsafe, a resulting workplace injury must be compensated. The workers' compensation system in Colorado and elsewhere takes fault out of the equation and requires benefits be paid to a worker suffering a workplace injury regardless of fault. That also means that, as between the employer and the employee, there can be no tort claims for injuries made by either party.

Workers' compensation death benefits paid to surviving spouse

When a worker dies in a workplace accident death benefits are payable to his family. In Colorado and most states the rules are generally similar with respect to death benefits. A spouse will usually be required to submit a marriage certificate with the claim form. If the applicant turns out to be divorced from the decedent, work benefits will be denied. If a spouse receiving benefits remarries, the remaining payments will cease as of the date of remarriage.