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Why trenching and excavation is so dangerous for workers - III

In a series of ongoing posts, our blog has been examining how trenches are one of the single most dangerous locations for construction workers owing to the risks of collapses and the fact that a single cubic yard of soil can weigh as much as an automobile.

NIOSH urges young workers to remain vigilant in retail settings

Now that school is officially out for both high school and college students, millions of young people will officially be entering the workforce seeking to earn money to cover everything from car insurance and cell phone bills to clothes and, of course, tuition.

Why trenching and excavation is so dangerous for workers - II

Last week, our blog began discussing how a considerable amount of subterranean construction work involves trenching and excavation, meaning a process by which cuts are made below ground with the depth being greater than the width and the width measuring no more than 15 feet.

How the SSA's CAL initiative helps those with grave illnesses

One of the unfortunate realities about seeking benefits either through the Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income programs is that decisions can sometimes take months or even years if an applicant exercises their various options for appeal.

Why trenching and excavation is so dangerous for workers

While it's easy to think that construction projects are largely confined to the surfaces and skies around us, the reality is that there are just as many projects, if not more, taking place on a subterranean level from the digging of foundations to the laying of sewer pipes.

What are the work comp requirements for Colorado employers?

As an employee, you understand that if you are injured, you have rights and you have options. Indeed, you probably know that your employer has workers' compensation insurance and that you may secure payment for medical expenses, partial wage replacement for temporary disability and even permanent impairment benefits for more severe conditions.

Colorado farm workers have access to workers' compensation -- no matter their status

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 167 agricultural workers suffer an injury severe enough to keep them from working every single day. Yet, even with that disheartening statistic, many states do not require farm employers to provide workers' compensation for migrant workers. Even in states like Colorado that do require workers' compensation, many workers are afraid to come forward and ask for workers' compensation after a work injury, some because they are undocumented. Others are afraid they won't get the money they need to support their families.

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