Did you know March is National Ladder Safety Month?

Mar 07 2017

In a post last week, we discussed how it might come as something of a surprise for people to learn that the American Academy of Ophthalmology has long urged workers to make prevention of work-related eye injuries a priority during the month of March. As eye opening as this news was, it may come as an even bigger surprise for people to learn that yet another group has decided to use the 31 days of March as a platform to warn about a workplace hazard. Indeed, the American Ladder Institute has designated March 2017 as the first-ever National Ladder Safety…

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Workers’ Comp and Second Opinions

Mar 06 2017

When it may be wise to seek a second medical opinion after a work injury Unless you have considerable medical training yourself, you probably tend to rely on your doctor’s orders and take them at face value. Physicians undergo substantial schooling and testing to practice medicine. Therefore, you are often safe to assume your doctor knows what he or she is talking about when it comes to diagnosing your condition or recommending courses of action for associated treatment. Physicians are not immune from error, however, and there are some situations in which you may find it beneficial to secure a…

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Workers urged to consider their eye-related wellbeing during March

Mar 02 2017

While most of us associate the month of March with the much-welcomed end of another long winter and, of course, Saint Patrick’s Day, a prominent medical association wants us to start associating it with an important health issue: prevention of work-related eye injuries. Indeed, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is now urging all workers — regardless of whether they earn a living in a blue-collar or a white-collar profession — to start making eye health part of their work wellness practices during the next 31 days. In the event you question the need for such an initiative, consider the following…

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Permanent Disability

Mar 01 2017

Some work-related injuries have straightforward physical consequences, and available treatment options make a full recovery possible within a few weeks or months. In other cases, a worker may have to confront the possibility that he or she will not be able to return to a prior occupation or may not be able to work at all. Are You Concerned About Your Future Work Capabilities? At Alverson + O’Brien in Denver, Colorado, many of our injured workers’ compensation clients have questions about their future employment and financial stability. What if you cannot return to your former job? What if your work…

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Possible changes ahead in workers’ compensation law

Feb 28 2017

With a new administration in the White House, employees in Colorado and throughout the country may face a number of changes in workers’ compensation laws in 2017 and beyond. While it is not yet clear what effect the Trump administration will have on employees, there are certain parts of the law that are more likely to be changed than others. Change may also occur at the state level, where Republicans control nearly 70 percent of partisan state legislative chambers. Colorado’s legislature splits between the Democratic and Republican parties, so changes may not be as likely as in states that are…

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Why the danger posed by backover accidents cannot be overstated

Feb 23 2017

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. As much as can be said for this sixth sense, the reality is that there will always be certain hidden dangers facing all workers — regardless of their…

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Can A ‘Culture Of Caring’ Make Workplaces Safer?

Feb 17 2017

While the workers’ comp system protects employees when they’ve been hurt on the job (or due to a work-related cause), preventing injuries in the first place is an even better outcome. While employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace for employees, how they get workers to be conscious of safety concerns can vary greatly. A recent interview conducted by EHS Today suggests that one approach, in which a “culture of caring” is created, can prevent injuries, improve employee performance and improve morale in the workforce. Approaches To Workplace Safety Today, there are basically two approaches to workplace safety: Reprimand-based:…

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Three safety tips for marijuana industry workers

Feb 15 2017

Marijuana is an emerging industry in Colorado, and with new business comes new laws and regulations surrounding workers’ rights and workplace safety. Five years after the enactment of Amendment 64, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment has released its “Guide to Worker Safety and Health in the Marijuana Industry.” Three cannabis companies have been fined for workplace safety violations since 2012, so the guide is an important first step to minimizing dangers and potential injuries for workers. Employees in the marijuana industry are often tasked with handling chemicals and electrical equipment, both of which can present hazards in…

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Driving injured increases risk of trucking accidents

Feb 13 2017

Trucking is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. From severe weather conditions to careless passenger car drivers on the road, truckers often face unpredictable hazards during the daily drive. Not only are truckers more likely to be injured on the job, but their overall health is often worse than the average worker. Although the causes of injuries and ailments often feel like “just part of the job,” truck drivers can take action to improve their health and safety on the road. A national survey in 2014 found that 88 percent of truck drivers suffered from at least one…

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Understanding more about permanent impairment — II

Feb 08 2017

In a previous post, we began discussing how injured workers who ultimately find themselves unable to return to their old roles or take new positions with modified duties can derive some much-needed comfort from the fact that they may be found to have a permanent impairment, which means they would be eligible for regular benefits. Specifically, we discussed how a physician will make a determination as to whether there is a permanent impairment and, if so, assign one of three different forms, including scheduled impairment, whole person impairment or permanent total disability. If the workers’ compensation insurer agrees with the…

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