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January 2017 Archives

Court of Appeals Decision on David Alan York v. Industrial Claim Appeals Office of Colorado

On Thursday January 26, 2017, the CO Court of Appeals issued a decision in David Alan York v. Industrial Claim Appeals Office of the State of Colorado wherein they affirmed the Administrative Law Judge's (ALJ) opinion that maximum medical improvement (MMI) can be found based on the opinions of a 24 month DIME and a DIME physician without a finding of MMI by an Authorized Treating Physician.

Fate of certain OSHA regulations remains uncertain under new administration

Whenever a new administration takes control of the White House, questions inevitably swirl around who will be selected to head certain high-profile agencies and what changes in direction are ahead for the next four years. Indeed, stories about the potential leadership and planned course of action for federal agencies like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Environmental Protection Agency never fail to generate considerable headlines.

Understanding the true scope of construction injuries

Earlier this month, our blog reported that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics had recently released its 2015 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, and how it once again illustrated how workers in certain sectors are at a significantly elevated risk of losing their lives owing to the duties they perform, conditions they work in and tools they use.

OSHA to initiate rulemaking addressing workplace violence in healthcare

When we envision career fields in which the risk of workplace violence is especially acute, our thoughts naturally gravitate to areas like law enforcement and security-based work. While it's true that occupations like police officer, prison official or security guard do indeed have high rates of work-related injuries attributable to violent acts by third parties, so too do those who work in the health care sector, particularly nurses.

Examining statistics on construction accidents

In 2015, there were more than 900 deadly construction accidents, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, even people who are fortunate enough to survive a construction accident may face an uphill battle and a long road to recovery. On job sites in Denver, and all throughout Colorado, construction accident injuries may result in lifelong disabilities, costly medical bills, lost wages and a host of other hardships.

Is it important for construction workers to wear harnesses?

As a Colorado construction worker, you may think that safety harnesses are a suggestion, not a necessity. Many construction workers do not always utilize safety harnesses. Although you may think larger concerns exist, Occupational Health and Safety says that working without a harness is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration protocol which is violated most often. The issue is important because falls make up 36 percent of worker deaths.

Nurses in Danger: Part Three

It's been a week since Megan hurt her back moving a large patient at work. She has been in so much pain that she hasn't been able to work, and she's starting to worry about what step she should take next. She reaches out to Amy, a friend and fellow nurse who hurt her back three years earlier. 

Understanding more about permanent impairment

While the majority of injured workers are typically able to return to their old roles or take new positions with modified duties, there are some workers for whom this is impossible owing to the severity of their bodily trauma. By way of example, consider workers who have lost limbs, suffered traumatic brain injuries or endured spinal trauma.

Nurses in Danger: Part Two

When Megan's back gave out while lifting a large patient, the first thing she thought of once she had the pain under control was "How many other nurses has this happened to?" She knew of at least three nurses on her floor who had suffered a similar injury at one point in their careers. All of her nurse friends knew of someone who had suffered some type of trauma when lifting a large patient or when a patient's body shifted unexpectedly while being moved.

Much-anticipated federal report outlines deadliest work hazards of 2015

Now that 2016 is officially in the rearview mirror, we will more than likely start to see a steady stream of retrospective reports from media outlets across the nation discussing everything from films and music to world events and politics.

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