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May 2017 Archives

Are employers sacrificing workplace safety to meet earnings expectations?

You don't need to have a doctorate in economics or a master's degree in business administration to know that the primary objective of any private sector enterprise is to turn a profit in a given year. As painfully obvious as this is, what might not be quite so obvious is the method that organizations use to determine their annual financial success.

Your job could be safer: Beverage and food delivery

Very few of us can grow all of our own food and make all of our own favorite drinks. That doesn't matter in this day and age because we know we can go to the restaurant across town or the grocery store down the street to get everything we need to be well fed. Yet, while we know to praise the farmers that grow our food, we often forget everyone else that is working hard to help us put dinner on the table. Food and beverage delivery drivers take risks every day of their lives -- lifting, loading and driving -- to help us eat well. 

Understanding the heat-related illnesses that can affect workers

While most view the Memorial Day holiday weekend as a time for both remembrance and relaxation, it's important not to forget that it also serves as the unofficial start of summer, meaning it won't be long until the temperature starts to rise.

Will filing a workers' comp claim hurt my employer?

Maybe your boss is your friend, or you work for a mom and pop shop. Maybe you happen to like your employer. Or maybe you are just a nice person. In any case, if you are worried that you will harm your employer by bringing a workers' compensation, rest assured: You won't.

Work comp laws protect guest workers, a vital part of Colorado's agricultural industry

As guest workers begin to come back to Eastern Colorado to help our farmers, it's a good time for a reminder: temporary and seasonal agricultural workers are eligible for workers' compensation. This is true even if they are here on a temporary H-2A classification or are undocumented.

Can you reopen a work comp claim?

When a worker suffers an injury that leaves them completely disabled for a short period, he or she can look to temporary total disability benefits to help alleviate some of the inevitable financial hardship. Similarly, when an injured worker is only able to perform modified duties with reduced hours or reduced wages, he or she can look to temporary partial disability benefits.

Decision in Case: Pueblo County, CO and County Technical Services, Inc. v. Industrial Claim Appeals Office

Today, the Colorado Court of Appeals issued a decision in the case of Pueblo County, CO and County Technical Services, Inc. v. Industrial Claim Appeals Office; W.C. No. 4-911-673 upholding a lower court's decision that an injury sustained while attending a union meeting is compensable under the Colorado Workers' Compensation Act.

Will bill calling for greater discretion in work comp fines pass?

Under Colorado law, those businesses found to be lacking the necessary workers' compensation coverage for the first time face fines of up to $250 per day, with this amount jumping to between $250 to $500 per day for repeat offenders.

Landscape workers, take note and stay safe: Deaths on the rise

A recent OSHA news release shows that landscape workers and others in roles related to outdoor work and maintenance are increasingly at risk of injury or death while on the job. OSHA found that fatalities have been steadily rising in this industry since 2012, and that in some states the fatality rate has almost tripled.

CSU study: Is cannabis work dangerous?

The massive growth of the cannabis industry in Colorado has led to the creation of cannabis-related jobs throughout the state. But how safe are these jobs? Due to the recent rise of the industry, data about the health and safety of workers in cannabis-related jobs has been hard to come by.

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