How outdoor workers can stay safe in extreme heat

Jul 20 2016

Temperatures across much of the U.S. are expected to spike dramatically over the next few days, including here in Colorado. Indeed, the forecast is currently calling for the Denver metropolitan area to see the mercury rise to as high as 96 degrees by Friday. It’s important to understand that while these high temperatures may seem like nothing more than annoyance for many workers — perhaps resulting in having to make sure the air conditioning is set and some wrinkled clothes — it can nevertheless pose a very serious and potentially deadly health risk for others. If you don’t believe it,…

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Can I secure work comp benefits and disability benefits?

Jul 15 2016

If a work-related injury or illness has left you unable to perform the same duties you once did or unable to perform any duties whatsoever, your foremost concern is understandably how you can offset this loss of income and continue to put food on the table. As we’ve discussed before, those who find themselves in this unenviable position can take solace in the fact that they will likely be able to secure much-needed financial assistance via workers’ compensation benefits. However, they should also be aware that they may be able to secure additional financial assistance via the Social Security disability…

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Understanding what can — and should — happen after a work injury – II

Jul 13 2016

In a previous post, we started discussing how in the immediate aftermath of a work-related accident, it can be less than clear to injured workers how exactly they should proceed if they know they will be unable to return to their duties in the near future. To that end, we began discussing how the law in Colorado requires employees to notify their employer in writing of any and all work-related injuries within four days of the incident. In today’s post, we’ll continue this important discussion. The good news for injured workers is that once this step is taken, the matter…

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Committed and compassionate advocacy for workers with neck, back injuries

Jul 08 2016

When it comes to on-the-job injuries, many workplaces have an unspoken — and highly unfortunate — mentality that in the absence of catastrophic harm, employees should silently endure any significant pain or discomfort. For example, if a worker strains their neck or hurts their back, they will be expected to keep the matter to themselves, get their work done and deal with the injury on their own time. As frustrating as this notion of “toughing it out” can be, it can be even more frustrating when a worker who has seriously injured their neck or back actually has the courage…

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Some important safety considerations for work in the cleaning sector

Jul 07 2016

According to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor, upwards of 2.3 million people were employed as janitors and building cleaners as recently as 2014, with employment in the field projected to continue growing over the next decade thanks in large part to the growth of healthcare facilities. While many people are drawn to work in this industry owing to the fact that it requires no formal education or work experience, it’s not without its drawbacks. Indeed, the DOL indicates that janitors and building cleaners must often work evening hours, and perform work that can be unpleasant, physically demanding and…

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Understanding what can — and should — happen after a work injury

Jul 01 2016

As we’ve made abundantly clear on our blog, it’s imperative for no one, no matter what job sector they work in or type of work they perform, to believe that they are somehow immune from workplace accidents and injuries. Indeed, just as easily as a warehouse worker can injure their back moving a pallet, so too can an office worker relocating a box of printer paper. All of this naturally raises the question as to what workers can — and should do — in the event the unthinkable happens, such that they find themselves having suffered a serious or possibly…

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When You Need Surgery and the Work Comp Insurer Won’t Cover It

Jul 01 2016

It’s heart-wrenching when people come into our office and tell us that an insurer denied a procedure that their doctor recommended. Often, these procedures are the very things that will make their lives better. Insurance companies will do anything to save themselves money, or, as they see it, “manage costs.” We used to defend Colorado workers’ comp insurance companies, so we have firsthand knowledge of insurance company tactics to deny surgeries. Today, we help injured people avoid or counteract those very tactics. We are passionate about this work because we care deeply about our clients and their futures. Arrange a…

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Why trenching and excavation is so dangerous for workers – III

Jun 29 2016

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. We’ve also been exploring some of the trenching and excavation requirements devised by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to protect workers from this danger. In today’s post, the third in a series, we’ll conclude our examination by taking a closer look at some of the different types of protective systems employed to…

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NIOSH urges young workers to remain vigilant in retail settings

Jun 24 2016

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. While this type of initiative is certainly to be praised, it’s nevertheless important for these young people to understand that by virtue of their inexperience and lack of training, they are at an elevated risk of suffering workplace injuries. If you don’t believe it, consider the following statistics from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health:…

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Why trenching and excavation is so dangerous for workers – II

Jun 22 2016

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. We also discussed how, contrary to popular belief, trenches are actually one of the most dangerous locations at worksites given the risk of collapses, which statistics show claim the lives of two people every month here in the U.S. In today’s post, the second in a series, we’ll start examining some of the trenching and…

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