Certain oil and gas companies have offices and drill sites located in Colorado with employee residents and out of state professionals alike. According to federal labor statistics, this industry has the highest number of fatalities caused from being injured at work in explosions and fires than any other privately held industry. Although less than 1 percent of America's workforce is employed in this industry, it is responsible for 10 percent of all deaths caused by being injured at work.
Colorado workers who are involved in excavation may realize the dangerous conditions they are exposed to on a daily basis. Not only does heavy mechanical equipment pose construction accident hazards, but the lives of workers on the ground are in constant jeopardy. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration expects company owners and supervisors to provide safe working environments and to ensure that all workers are adequately trained to perform their various jobs. In addition, the safety gear prescribed for each type of work should be supplied to the workers.
Occupational disease can place an employee at serious risk if they discover they have been exposed and fall ill. Medical expenses can add up quickly and may cause financial strain if a worker does not receive benefits through their employer to help cover the cost of treatment. A Colorado employee that believes they have developed an occupational disease while working may have many concerns and questions.
A serious workplace injury or fatality that can occur from a negligent safety violation can create serious consequences for a victim and the employer. A Colorado worker that does suffer a workplace injury may question the safety standards surrounding their position and how that may have contributed to their physical damages. A roofing company was recently fined $162,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for failure to provide proper safety and protection to employees.
A construction accident that occurs while crews are working underground or in trenches can result in serious injuries. A worker that is hurt from being crushed or from a cave-in may require expensive medical care to recover from the painful injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently concluded an investigation that resulted in a hefty fine for a Colorado construction company after an employee was severely hurt in a construction accident.