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December 2016 Archives

Workplace injury: New fall prevention rule effective next month

There are approximately seven million worksites across the country, including many in Colorado, where the frequency of fall accidents will hopefully decrease after new safety standards to address fall prevention become effective on Jan. 17. The new rule aims to bring the fall prevention regulations up to date for all the industries in which fall hazards exist. The most significant change to the existing rule is that -- after Jan. 17 -- companies can choose the most appropriate fall protection methods for their particular industries. They may choose from several systems prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to prevent fall-related workplace injury.

Explosion causes 5 oil field workers to be injured on the job

Employees in oil fields in Colorado and other states face various risks whenever they are on site. Employers in all industries must provide safe workplace environments by addressing all known hazards. However, many companies disregard these responsibilities, and many employees are injured on the job.

Occupational disease: The hazards of outdoor work in winter

Winter weather in Colorado can hold many dangers for workers who spend most of their working hours outside. Exposure to extreme cold can cause occupational disease and injuries that could be life threatening. One of the most severe results of exposure is hypothermia, and the seriousness of the condition depends on the amount of time the worker was exposed. When an employee's body temperature drops below a certain level, it affects the victim's brain, in turn affecting his or her ability to focus and move properly.

Tipped stack of formation material causes construction injuries

Colorado construction workers likely know the dangers they face on a daily basis. One would expect employers to provide personal protective gear to all employees on site, but that is often not the case. A worker in another state recently suffered construction injuries in a fall accident that left him trapped.