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Construction site accident results in “crush injury”

Driving past a construction site, an individual may not realize that the workers’ efforts benefit the area. The buildings they put together in Denver safely house businesses and allow for people to receive medical care or go shopping or earn a living. When an incident occurs and causes on-the-job injury cases, the entire community may be affected because not only is someone hurt, but construction may be halted. It is imperative for companies to take care of the workers who do so much to contribute to the growth of a community.

The Workers Defense Project is a group that helps ensure employees who work in construction get the necessary training. The group noted that 126 construction workers were killed in Texas alone in 2012, making it the deadliest state in the country for the industry. What’s more, one in five workers in Austin have had an on-the-job injury, as illustrated by a recent incident in the downtown area.

Study: Workers exposed to loud noises more likely to be hospitalized

There are a number of things that may come to mind when you think about the factors that contribute to a workplace injury in Denver County. In many cases, people picture construction sites, heavy equipment or toxic chemicals as the threats that can lead to on-the-job injury cases. As one recent study points out, noise may also play an important role.

A Canadian study estimates that as many as 30 million workers in the United States are exposed to circumstances that may lead to noise-induced hearing loss. According to one researcher, someone who encounters loud noise levels could experience fatigue and have a lowered ability to concentrate, and loud sounds can also affect workers’ communication. All of these consequences could lead to reduced safety in the work environment.

Blast in Colorado sends transportation worker to the hospital

Some jobs require employees to work in a location other than an office. For some people, out-of-town conferences or lunch meetings are the extent of working outside the cubicle. For other Colorado employees, the locale is a bit more dangerous. An individual who has suffered a work injury is entitled to seek workers’ compensation no matter where the incident occurred. As one recent incident reminds us, some people are at higher risk than others.

The Seven Sisters in Colorado is an area that has steep chasms that are filled with ice and snow. Recently, several state Department of Transportation employees were working on Loveland Pass, firing off avalanche shells. According to a spokeswoman with the department, an incident around daybreak injured two workers.

Two separate incidents injure employee on the job

There are many jobs that come with physical requirements. Employees in Denver County may be expected to be able to lift a certain amount of weight or otherwise perform strenuous activities. It is important for both the worker and the company to have a clear understanding of the job’s demands and the employee’s capabilities. A misunderstanding can cause someone to suffer a work injury. A recent incident illustrates that point.

Last month, a Texas man filed a lawsuit alleging that his employer did not provide a safe working environment. Additionally, the suit states that the company failed to provide the proper equipment to execute his tasks. The suit was brought to court after two incidents that caused the man injury.

Construction site accident results in drowning death

When you attend a sporting event, you may not take a moment to look at the stadium and think about the people who put hard work into making the structure possible. Every arena in Colorado exists because of the construction workers who risked dangerous conditions and put in long hours. There are numerous safety measures put in place to protect the workers, but on-the-job injury cases can still occur. In some instances, consequences are fatal.

In January, a 55-year-old man from Manor drowned while working on Baylor University’s on-campus football stadium. The man was strapped to a hydraulic lift so he could work on a pedestrian bridge. At some point, the lift either slipped or rolled into the Brazos River. Another worker who was also strapped to the lift was able to free himself and survived, but the 55-year-old drowned. His body was recovered still strapped to the equipment four hours later.

On-the-job shoulder injuries account for substantial days missed

There are many ways people can get hurt at work. Workplace injuries can stem from a slip and fall, an equipment malfunction or toxic situation. While these instances typically have immediate repercussions, there are people in Denver County who end up with on-the-job injury cases that develop over time. Repetitive motion can lead to conditions such as arthritis. These injuries may not be as obvious as others, but they do still take a substantial toll on workers and employers.

A faculty member at Boston University noted that education and workplace modifications can help to reduce the cost of such injuries. At one point, the university was paying more than $160,000 annually due to shoulder injuries. According to a report, injuries that stem from repetitive motions led to an average work absence of 23 days. That amount is three times more than the number of days workers miss due to other types of injuries.

Workers’ advocate: Compensation may be too late for some

Being exposed to certain chemicals or substances is part of the job for many people in the industrial sector. A Colorado employer is supposed to provide a safe environment and give workers proper training and protective gear to prevent illness. If an individual does suffer due to the company’s negligence, he or she should seek workers’ compensation to cover the cost of the illness.

In 2000, the federal government approved giving benefits to people who were employed at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant. These workers were making plutonium pits that were used in nuclear weapons. According to the former radiation safety expert at the plant, many people’s lives were ruined as a result of the exposure they endured.

Falls account for 15 percent of work-related injuries

Every job has its own set of associated risks. In some industries, Colorado employees work with heavy machinery or in areas with toxic fumes. Even in less hazardous situations, a workers’ comp claim can result from something simple, such as a slip and fall. It is important for both company owners and employees to remain vigilant to prevent injuries in the workplace.

Falls alone make up roughly 15 percent of injuries incurred while at work. When an individual gets injured, a company may be found responsible and have to compensate the employee for both medical expenses and the workdays they missed. In fact, one fall can cost a business upward of $1 million. To mitigate risks, there are several things employers can do.

Oil industry has some of the lowest workplace accident numbers

There are a number of hazards associated with working in the oil industry. Workers in Colorado utilize heavy equipment and endure harsh weather while in the field. Some even step around rattlesnakes to get the job done. Despite the threats, however, the industry has minimized the threat of on-the-job injury cases through following safety codes to the letter, a move many say has paid off exponentially.

In recent years, hydrogen sulfide (H2S) has become a very real threat for people who work around natural gas and some wellwaters. This poisonous, explosive gas is problematic in many states, though officials in Weld County note that levels there are not as troublesome. Even still, workers are required to follow strict rules as preventative measures, such as not wearing beards and utilizing a self-containing breathing apparatus. Additionally, wells and tanks are routinely checked for levels of H2S.

Traffic accident narrowly merits workers' compensation benefits

Suffering an injury at work can cause more than just pain. It can mean you are not able to do your job for a period of time and, therefore, could miss out on money. That is when many people in Colorado are right to file a claim for workers’ compensation. When you do so, there are many details to include, such as when the incident occurred and what steps were taken to treat the injury. As one casino worker discovered, state laws are imperative in determining if the location of the accident will hold up in court.

In the fall of 2012, the woman got into her Ford Explorer after completing her shift at a casino in Atlantic City. She had parked in the casino’s lot and had to drive through an internal driveway before turning left onto a public highway. As she was making the lawful turn, a Toyota Camry struck her driver’s door.

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