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August 2014 Archives

Workplace injury risk goes up without machine guarding

A safety issue that raises serious concerns in some industries in Colorado and nationally is called machine guarding. It’s important that employees who work on dangerous machines be protected from the gruesome injuries that can be caused. According to OSHA, workers who operate and take care of machinery suffer over 800 deaths and 18,000 amputations per year. Amputations are a particularly costly workplace injury, with nightmarish consequences for the worker.

OSHA wants to stop retaliation for reporting workplace injury

A proposed new rule from OSHA seems to be the kind of important concept that the agency would have incorporated into its rule book a long time ago. The rule says that employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees who report a workplace injury. The policy is part of a new drive by the federal agency to track electronically the occurrence of on-the-job injury and occupational injuries in all of the states, including Colorado.

Penalties apply for not having workers' compensation coverage

Employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance in Colorado and every other state. There are penalties in each state for failing to provide that coverage. In a recent case in another state, a restaurant owner was arrested on felony charges for failing to carry workers’ compensation insurance. The case represents an example of an employer’s flagrant failure to comply with prior warnings and violations issued by the state authorities.

Dangerous chemicals can cause respiratory work injury

In Colorado and nationwide, there are growing problems of chemical threats at work. This is partly because companies continue to use new and unknown chemicals in their manufacturing processes. In one example, a Yale University lab test found levels of a potentially dangerous compound in the blood of four co-workers who suffered a work injury consisting of respiratory difficulties.