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April 2016 Archives

Safety violations expose roofers to construction injuries

Construction workers in Colorado should not have to put their lives on the line to earn a living. They retain the right to report workplace environments where safety hazards that could cause construction injuries are ignored. In Dec. 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was alerted to unsafe practices at a re-roofing construction site in Denver. Reportedly, workers were in danger of falling while installing shingles on a multi-story building.

Mining equipment operator suffers fatal workplace injury

Business owners nationwide, as in Colorado, whose workforces include multiple subcontractors typically have a difficult time ensuring compliance with safety regulations. While each contractor is responsible for the safety of its employees, the company owner will be held accountable for any workplace injury that occurs. An employee of a subcontractor recently lost his life while working at a mining facility in another state.

Occupational injuries: Another death investigated at cooperative

A Colorado-based farmer's cooperative was put on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Severe Violator Enforcement Program in 2013. That followed an inspection during which 17 safety and health violations were identified. Being labeled as a severe violator authorizes OSHA to inspect the facilities at any time, without prior notice, in an effort to put a stop to occupational injuries.

Workplace injury: 4 deaths in 2 weeks cause great concern

Workplace fatalities caused by falls, struck-by hazards and engulfments are often cited as some of the most common dangers on work sites nationwide, including here in Colorado. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently urged employers in a neighboring state to review safety protocols as they move into the busier time of the year when higher numbers of workers will be exposed to workplace injury hazards. This follows the deaths of four workers in 13 days in March -- three of them occurred within six days.