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Flight attendants are at risk for serious work-related injuries

Being a flight attendant is not as glamorous as it looks, especially when considering the serious risks you face. The back, neck and shoulders are the most commonly injured areas among flight attendants, though almost any part of the body can be affected by serious in-flight accidents.

Common causes for injuries include:

  • Turbulence and hard landings
  • Lifting heavy baggage into overhead bins
  • Items falling from overhead bins
  • Pulling a heavy beverage cart
  • Awkward movements required to maneuver in a narrow aisle
  • Slipping and falling

The most dangerous time of the year for grocery workers

Two of the most celebratory holidays in the nation are slowly approaching. The air is getting colder, the amount of people coming in the store increases and the two most important months for grocery workers to stay on their feet begin.

With cashiers, baggers, cleaners and deli workers trying to keep up with the holiday shoppers, it can be easy to overlook some of the most dangerous parts of the job that could leave you with a severe injury. While these issues are present in your workplace year-round, they are the most prevalent when shoppers start coming in during November and December. It is important to be aware of these hazards so you can be in top condition during these two busy months and so you can enjoy the holidays when they are all over.

Are you using the right respirator at work?

Respirator protection is continually listed as one of most violated standards, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

If your line of work involves a lot of dust, smoke or other noxious fumes and gases, you’re probably privy to the necessity of a respirator. But, are you sure if you’re using the right one? Using the wrong respirator may defeat the purpose of wearing one at all.

How to stay safe from workplace injuries during the winter season

One of the biggest threats to workplace safety during the winter months in Colorado is ice. Whether you are driving or need to walk where there could be ice, winter conditions can create a perfect scenario for workplace injuries.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2014, workplace injuries involving ice, snow or sleet accounted for 42,480 injuries and illnesses that resulted in at least one day of missed work. To make sure you stay safe while on the job during the winter months, you may want to keep these things in mind.

Vending: An exciting career or recipe for workers' comp?

Mile High Stadium concessions employees and Coors Field vendors face serious hazards while working. Traveling around the arenas, the men and women that serve delicious food and drinks to both Colorado natives and tourists put themselves in situations that may result in injury.

Luckily, workers' compensation may rectify serious injury expenses should you hurt yourself on the job. Experienced attorneys can identify steps to ensure that you receive the correct compensation for both medical reimbursement and lost wages. Staying safe while fans enjoy your food, drinks and merchandise is the key to an exciting, rewarding career at the ballpark or field.

What happens if a Red Rocks worker gets hurt?

Summer in Denver means music. Red Rocks hosts some of the biggest musical acts in the world, from Yo-Yo Ma to Imagine Dragons to Reggae on the Rocks. These events demand hundreds of hours of skilled labor, and in the midst of the high-energy crowds, workers can sometimes get injured. Because it’s outdoors, weather can definitely play a big role, particularly in slip-and-fall injuries. Here are some of the most common types of slipping injuries and what workers should do afterwards.

Sustaining a musculoskeletal injury as a CNA

As a home health worker, you’re accustomed to caring for others and assisting with their day-to-day activities. But, since your workplace injury, the roles have reversed and now you’re the one in need of care. After lifting a patient, you are beginning to wonder if you’ve sustained a musculoskeletal injury. As of right now, you may have more questions than answers.

Here’s a brief overview of musculoskeletal injuries and how workers’ compensation benefits can help you to obtain relief.

Staying safe during the fruit harvest

Fruit picking may not be a glamorous job. But it’s one that pays the bills; especially when you’re eager to prove yourself.

Harvesting fruit can be a dangerous job to begin with, but you wouldn’t take the job if it didn’t seem worth it. Now, there’s a whole list of demands and quotas that you’re not sure you can make, and any shortcut to get there, seems like it might be a good option.

Proper lifting technique to prevent back injury for nurses

Did you know that hospital workers miss more work due to injury than construction workers? While commonly overlooked, nurses face severe back and spine injuries with alarming regularity.

While back injuries occur due to many factors, lifting patients is one of the greatest causes. In recent years, hospitals have cut back on staff or failed to implement proper safety equipment or training in efforts to cut costs. These actions place nurses at a higher risk for accident and injury. What should nurses know about proper lifting technique to protect their back health?

EMS workers face injury while treating others’ injuries

In emergency situations, the public relies on emergency medical services (EMS) workers to arrive at the scene and treat any injuries. EMS workers play a crucial role in providing first aid, urgent medical care and transporting patients to hospitals and other facilities. Many of the people who have had their injuries treated my emergency medical personnel rarely consider that these workers often face serious injury themselves—especially while on the job.

Like any other occupation, working in emergency medical services poses the risk of injury and illness. The CDC reports that emergency medical services has a higher rate of work-related injuries than the general workforce. In fact, last year more than 22,000 EMS workers visited emergency medical services for work-related injuries.

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