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February 2016 Archives

Workplace injury: Workers find excavator operator unresponsive

A Colorado man is in a critical condition in a Trenton hospital after he reportedly suffered a medical condition at work. The Trenton Police and Fire Department were called to an incident at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge on a recent Wednesday morning. It is not clear whether the incident was caused by a workplace injury or natural causes.

Occupational injuries and illnesses prevalent in grain industry

Because the grain industry is known for posing many safety hazards that expose workers to multiple life-threatening dangers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspects such facilities in Colorado and other states at regular intervals. The agency recently inspected a grain cooperative in a neighboring state, and several safety violations that could cause occupational injuries resulted in citations. The visit by the agency followed an amputation injury in 2014 and fines for similar violations in Feb. 2015.

Manufacturer of mattress springs cited for workplace injury

While safety hazards exist in all industrial facilities, each manufacturing plant in Colorado has its own risks that may pose severe injury or life-threatening hazards. However, compliance with safety regulations can prevent a workplace injury, says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The agency recently cited a manufacturing company after finalizing an investigation into an Oct. 2015 incident that caused serious injuries to an employee.

Jury awards man injured on the job in 2011 $1 million in damages

Although workers nationwide, including here in Colorado, are entitled to workers' compensation benefits, some claims for compensation can only be resolved through litigation. A man in another state who was an employee of a recycling company was seriously injured on the job in 2011 when he was involved in a construction project at his employer's home. The business owner hired a contractor to oversee the construction of a gazebo, dock and pier on a lake along with the erection of a fence in the water as a boundary for livestock.