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December 2014 Archives

Fall accidents cause a large percentage of occupational injuries

As with any workplace accidents in Colorado, falls can occur in any industry. Employers are required to follow strict safety regulations, many of which are specifically aimed at preventing occupational injuries and fatalities that result from falls. Statistics shows that more than 10 percent of fatal workplace injuries are caused by falls, and fall injuries that lead to time away from work account for more than 20 percent of on-the-job accidents.

Unguarded conveyor belt blamed for fatal workplace injury

Colorado workers who perform their duties at or in the vicinity of mechanical handling equipment such as conveyor belts may not be adequately informed about the safety hazards to which they are exposed. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes that employers are responsible for informing workers of potential workplace injury hazards. In addition, full compliance is required by safety guidelines relating to worker protection in the form of lockouts or tagouts, signals, signs and machine guarding.

Questions and answers about workers' compensation in Colorado

Those who live and work in Colorado may, at some point, find themselves in a position in which they would need to utilize workers' compensation benefits. While state laws regarding workers' compensation may seem straightforward, some may feel the coverage they receive isn't sufficient for the work-related injury or illness they have suffered. In this week's post, we are going to cover some common questions and answers about workers' compensations benefits.

Supervisor admits involvement in worker's construction injuries

Construction injuries may leave a Colorado employee with serious trauma after being involved in a dangerous accident. A victim may feel confusion and anger if he or she believes that the construction injuries may have been preventable. Recently, a construction site supervisor admitted he was responsible for ordering an employee to enter a trench that later collapsed and harmed the worker.

Man loses life after being injured at the workplace by loader

Working in an industrial environment in Colorado can leave employees vulnerable to being injured at the workplace if specific safety protocols are not followed. The use of machinery, tractors and forklifts can require specific visibility and sound alarms to make others aware of movement and operation. One industrial worker recently lost his life when he was injured at the workplace when another co-worker failed to notice him.