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March 2015 Archives

Preventing workplace injury to eyes highlighted this month

Workers in Colorado and other states are commonly exposed to various safety hazards, one of which is highlighted during the month of March. It is reported that the number of workers who have lost some level of eyesight after workplace injuries exceeds one million. It is estimated that approximately 2,000 workers suffer a workplace injury to an eye every day.

Workers have a right to be protected against occupational disease

While regulators warn consumers about the dangers of diacetyl, an additive used by manufacturers to flavor a variety of foods and drinks, workers in the factories where the flavorings are used are exposed to similar and often more dangerous health hazards. Company owners of facilities in Colorado that manufacture consumables are responsible for protecting their workers from health hazards. Hazardous chemicals are often used as enhancers of the natural scent and flavor of foods and may lead to occupational disease that could potentially be deadly.

Daylight saving time change causes more to be injured on the job

According to research, an increased number of workplace injuries occur on the day following the change to daylight saving time (DST). One would not expect that 40 minutes less sleep could have such an adverse effect on workers, but The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) says it can be detrimental to workers whose occupations require high levels of concentration. Colorado workers and employers may be interested to learn that data studied by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Mine Safety and Health Administration indicates an increase of 5.7 percent in incidents in which workers are injured on the job on the day after time changes.

Falling steel joists cause fatality in construction accident

Colorado families whose loved ones work in the construction industry are likely always concerned about their safety. Construction workers face a multitude of safety hazards in the line of duty. Even while knowing this, family members can never be prepared for the death of a loved one in a construction accident. Aside from the shock after such an incident, surviving family members may have several concerns and questions about how to proceed in pursuing death benefits to address the unexpected costs that inevitably accompany tragedies of this nature.