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Faulty safeguards may lead to workplace injury in Colorado

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2017 | Firm News, Workplace Injuries

Many companies take steps to make the workplace a safer environment. Companies in Colorado are required to perform scheduled maintenance to ensure equipment is working properly, which may go a long way in preventing a workplace injury. If a company fails to maintain equipment resulting in the injury of an employee, it could be facing major penalties. Workers who are injured under similar circumstances often seek aide through the workers’ compensation insurance system.

In a recent workplace accident in a neighboring state, a man had his hand crushed by a molding machine. After an inspection of the machine was performed, investigators determined that the safety lock was not functioning properly, leading the the injury of the worker. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued several violations to the company, which may result in over $200,000 in fines.

This was not the first injury that occurred at the company. Another worker suffered partial amputation of a finger in an accident involving machinery that was not properly maintained. Failing to keep safeguards on machinery in working order can often create unsafe workplace conditions that may put the health of employees at risk.

Suffering a workplace injury can lead to financial hardships. Along with any medical bills, employees may be forced to take time off from work. Workers in Colorado who have been injured on the job may seek relief through the worker’s compensation insurance program. Since this can be complex, seeking the advice of an experienced attorney to assist in navigating the process may be advisable.

Source: sunnewsreport.com, “WI Component Manufacturer Fined $219K in 2 Worker Injury Cases”, Colin Fluxman, Jan. 31, 2017

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