Inclement weather can make a workplace much more dangerous. Companies in Colorado are required to train employees to operate within certain safety guidelines, but these may not always cover outside variables such as weather conditions. Awareness of the threat that weather can present may help to prevent workplace injury. A recent accident claimed the life of a 50-year-old man.
Asbestos can cause severe illness, and many workers in Colorado and other states suffer life-threatening consequences after exposure. Some authorities believe previous studies minimized the risk of asbestos to "brake workers" in the automotive industry. Mesothelioma is an occupational disease that can be caused by asbestos exposure. When workers inhale asbestos fibers, it can cause pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma -- cancers of the lung and abdominal linings. Other potential health problems include asbestosis and lung cancer.
Any construction company in Colorado or other states must comply with federal safety regulations -- regardless of its size. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently fined a large corporation that has reportedly been involved in major projects for high profile businesses. The proposed penalties of almost $200,000 were for negligently exposing its workers to unsafe trenches that could cause severe workplace injury or worse. The agency investigated the athletic field contractors during the execution of a contract worth $5.89 million for the construction of sports facilities at a school in another state in June of last year.
Whenever construction companies in Colorado and other states plan projects that include excavation, they must call the local utility companies to indicate and mark underground electricity, gas or water lines. This is to avoid unexpected construction injuries when utility lines are accidentally damaged. For reasons yet to be determined, a construction company in a neighboring state recently had a city worker mark water lines after excavation was already underway, leading to the death of the worker.
Construction sites nationwide, including in Colorado, always pose numerous dangers, regardless of whether a building is going up or coming down. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced the completion of an investigation into a fatal workplace injury at a demolition site in another state. A 57-year-old employee lost his life on June 24.