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February 2015 Archives

Stray bullet causes fatal workplace injury to 'Cops' crew member

A recent fatality on a film set shows that workers in all industries face hazardous situations on a daily basis. Colorado residents may be familiar with "Cops," the reality TV show that has been portraying law enforcement as it happens since 1989. The production company responsible for filming these dangerous scenes may not be doing enough to protect the crew members against harm, and -- as in this case -- a fatal workplace injury. Upon completion of an accident investigation, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration instructed the production company to implement proper training and improved safety procedures while filming.

Amputation injuries may lead to third-party liability claims

In Colorado, contractors are not necessarily covered by the workers' compensation of the company using their services. For a contractor to be independent, he or she will have to meet certain requirements and will not be entitled to workers' compensation provided by the contracting company. Construction companies often make use of independent contractors to provide specialist services. However, if contractors suffer injuries in workplace accidents on construction sites, it may give rise to third-party liability claims. In addition, the contractor may pursue a claim workers' compensation from the independent contracting company that employed him or her.

Night-shift accident leads to severe workplace injury

Colorado workers who are tasked with equipment maintenance should not be exposed to known safety hazards. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes safety regulations for such activities. When these rules are disregarded, the potential for a workplace injury may increase.

2 Colorado workers hospitalized after being injured on the job

Colorado workers who are employed by companies in the communication and wireless network industry face specific hazards on a daily basis. These workers often have to execute tasks at extreme heights. If employers fail to provide the necessary safety equipment as prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, along with proper safety training, workers may be injured on the job.