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December 2015 Archives

Respirator violations can cause occupational injuries

After an explosion at a drilling technology company in another state in August, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation. Although investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the explosion, the federal agency has identified several safety violations that that could potentially have caused occupational injuries to workers. The company produces lubricants, shale inhibitors and sealants for the oil industry and has locations in several states, including Colorado.

Unguarded wood working equipment can cause permanent disability

Colorado workers in the woodworking industry are faced with multiple amputation hazards on a daily basis. Under federal labor laws, employers have to ensure that all machinery and equipment are safeguarded with energy controls to protect workers from moving machine parts. Regular inspections are required to check proper operation of those controls during maintenance operations. An amputation injury can cause permanent disability that could deny a worker the ability to earn an income.

Worker fatally injured at work on his first day on the job

While workplace fatalities are often associated with industries such as construction and manufacturing, the lives of workers are lost in a variety of other industries nationwide, including here in Colorado. The family of a 19-year-old man in another state recently received the shocking news of their son's death after he was fatally injured at work. The incident occurred on the young man's first day at work.

Another workplace fatality caused by falling objects from cranes

Struck-by hazards pose a significant danger to construction workers, especially in cases in which overhead cranes are moving heavy objects above the workers. Construction company owners must anticipate potential workplace accidents and provide workers with appropriate personal protective equipment. Falling objects from cranes have caused the deaths of many workers nationwide, including in Colorado.

Death after fatal construction injuries leads to large OSHA fine

Construction company owners and contractors in Colorado are responsible for the safety of their employees. Regardless of whether the construction site is a multi-story building or a residence, hazard assessments must be carried out prior to the commencement of work activities. The failure to address potential risks could lead to fatal construction injuries that might have otherwise been prevented.