Colorado employers must protect their workers against workplace hazards and ensure that all employees are informed about potential dangers in their work environments. Many severe injuries and fatalities have occurred in cases in which company owners failed to protect workers from the dangers of machinery by installing lockout devices. A recent case in a criminal court in another state shows an employer may be held liable for severe negligence that leads to a workplace injury or fatality.
Construction workers in Colorado often have to work at great heights. In compliance with safety regulations as prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, construction company owners must provide workers with protective gear. However, protective gear must be inspected for defects before it is issued to workers as defective equipment can lead to severe injuries or even death.
According to the strict safety regulations as prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, company owners in Colorado and other states have to comply with control standards. Lockout/tagout procedures to prevent occupational injuries when workers are servicing or maintaining equipment and machinery have to meet the required standards. The release of hazardous energy during these activities may have catastrophic consequences, such as electrocution, amputations and even death.
Colorado workers on job sites where asbestos is present are exposed to severe health hazards. Asbestos can cause a workplace injury that may lead to mesothelioma cancer, asbestosis or lung cancer. When asbestos breaks or crumbles, sharp-edged particles become airborne and can be inhaled by workers. These fragments will stick to the soft tissue of their respiratory systems. This is not restricted to the workplace as the rigid fibers can stick to the clothing of workers and be carried home to endanger their families and others in similar ways.
Colorado construction workers face a multitude of safety hazards posed by their various activities. Collapsed scaffolding has been identified as one of the hazards that causes high numbers of catastrophic injuries and fatalities in the construction industry. A tragic workplace accident in another state recently claimed the lives of three workers and severely injured another when the scaffold on which they were working collapsed.