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November 2015 Archives

Worker suffers severe construction injuries in ladder fall

One of the most common causes of workplace injuries in Colorado and other states is occupational falls. In the construction industry, it is not only scaffold structures that pose fall hazards as falls from ladders contribute significantly to the numbers of construction injuries. Regardless of the height from which a worker falls, injuries suffered from falling off a ladder can be severe but are deemed preventable.

OSHA rules fatal construction accident was avoidable

When the media reports on the death of a Colorado construction worker, it may affect all other construction workers who are likely only too aware of the multitude of potentially life-threatening hazards to which they are exposed on a daily basis. Construction company owners must ensure the safety of workers by addressing known hazards that may lead to a construction accident. Unfortunately, some employers disregard safety regulations and the welfare of their employees.

Any worker who has contracted an illness my claim benefits

In the first few years of this century, the deaths of several workers in a microwave popcorn factory were linked to Diacetyl. In 2011 and 2012, five workers in a coffee roasting facility contracted an illness called bronchiolitis obliterans; it's caused by Diacetyl. This illness is irreversible and can be fatal. Following up, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tested 69 additional workers at the same facility and found 11 more workers who had apparently contracted the same disease.

Crane collapse in Denver causes workplace injury to only 1 worker

Owners of large construction equipment such as cranes have to ensure that operators of the machines are adequately trained. Another responsibility of the construction company and the crane hire company is to assess the work site before allowing such heavy equipment on the site. If a site has safety hazards that are not addressed, accidents can happen that can lead to a severe workplace injury or worse.