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When workplace safety is a core value only sometimes

Look at a graph of reported work-related deaths in Colorado and you will see a line that is inching up. The most recent data available from the government confirms that 81 people died on the job in Colorado in 2016. That compares with 75 the year before. Most were due to transportation-related accidents. Deaths in the construction industry decreased by 43 percent compared to the toll in 2015. Still, 12 deaths were recorded.

The true cost of new safety regulations

According to a recent Mayor’s Management Report, worker injuries in New York City this year are on the increase from 526 to 622. In response to the 18 percent jump in serious and fatal accidents, the city’s chief executive Bill de Blasio signed a recently passed bill.

In construction, the shoes make the worker … safer

It's a mistake that almost all of us have made at some point in our lives: buying footwear for the wrong reasons. Indeed, a steep price drop on a designer brand or an effort to save a bit of money may have caused you to purchase sandals, sneakers, flats or wing tips that were extremely unforgiving on your feet.

Why the danger posed by backover accidents cannot be overstated

Anyone who has spent years working on construction sites, in warehouses or at other industrial settings has more than likely developed a sort of sixth sense when it comes to workplace dangers. For example, veteran warehouse workers may instinctively know when a pallet is too heavy for a team lift by sight alone, while veteran assembly line workers may be able to tell when machinery is not functioning properly by sound alone.

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.

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.

OSHA introduces long overdue updates to walking-working surfaces standards

A few weeks back, our blog spent some time discussing workplace falls, examining why they are so common, what construction workers can do in the unfortunate event they are injured in these types of on-the-job mishaps, and how employers in this industry are required to abide by rules and regulations designed to create a safe work environment.

Workplace falls are all too common

Familiarity breeds complacency. When the work environment is at height -- whether on a ladder, a lift or a roof -- familiarity can lead to accidents that never should have happened. Workplace accidents aren't just about forgetting your surroundings, though. They're caused by dangerous conditions, improper technique (possibly caused by improper training) and faulty equipment or set-up.

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.

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