By the numbers: Workplace injuries

Dec 16 2017

The population of the Denver metro area keeps growing. According to federal government figures, we have more than 2,800,000 residents, with more expected in coming years. If current trends hold steady, we should top 3 million in population in less than 4 years. As large as our city has become, it is dwarfed by a population growing even faster: the number of American workers who are injured on the job annually. The National Safety Council says that every 7 seconds, a worker is injured on the job somewhere in the U.S. That adds up to nearly 13,000 per day and…

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The effect of workers’ compensation claims on your employer

Dec 07 2017

A mental barrier many employees face when injured on the job is whether or not a workers’ compensation claim is going to hurt their employer. Especially for those who work for small businesses and mom-and-pop shops, there is a fear that one workers’ compensation claim could kill the company. Fortunately, this is not the case – at least not in Colorado. All public and private employers in the Centennial State are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage if they have one or more full- or part-time employees. There are limited exceptions to this rule, so even if you are…

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Tips to prevent back pain at work

Nov 24 2017

Although workplace injuries and accidents sometimes happen in Colorado, physical fatigue from the daily grind is much more common. Many people suffer from back and neck pain at work, whether it’s from too little or too much movement. You might feel incredibly sore at the end of the day simply from doing your job. Soreness from repetitive motion, heavy lifting, or restrictive desk work isn’t the first thing you might think about in regards to workplace injuries. However, these can all lead to serious pain and health problems in the future. You don’t only have to have a physically demanding…

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Construction workers at higher risk for opioid addiction

Nov 22 2017

The opioid crisis that has spread rapidly throughout the United States is now so severe that it is considered a national public health emergency. Much attention has been given to the widespread effect of the crisis, but there is one field where its deadly influence has been largely ignored: The construction industry. Construction work is already one of the most hazardous job fields in the country. Construction workers often face perilous situations that put them at increased risk of workplace accidents and injuries. In addition, it has been determined that construction workers are also at increased risk of opioid addiction….

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Seasonal retail employees have workers’ compensation rights

Nov 15 2017

The holiday season is a hectic time for retail workers. You are often working longer and irregular hours in stores with impatient shoppers while trying to meet the needs of the business. Many retailers rely on seasonal workers during this time to manage the additional load. While working long holiday hours, you risk the possibility of slipping and falling and having items falling on you as you work with a large inventory. If you are taking on a seasonal retail job this year, you have the same rights as a non-seasonal employee when it comes to workplace accidents. Staying safe…

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Accidents happen in the workplace even after safety training

Nov 07 2017

Can you remember the last time you attended safety training at work? It may have been an early morning for you, and the droning voices or late 80s training videos started to lull you to sleep. One elbow is resting on the table, your head resting on your hand, and that’s all it takes to let your attention wander as you struggle not to fall asleep. Safety training may not be the most exciting part of a job, but they are essential to keeping you safe. Your employer should be offering regular instructions to all employees to help avoid workplace…

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Unique MRI can predict chronic pain after a whiplash injury

Nov 06 2017

Remember that “not-so-bad” accident you had at work the other week? It might return to haunt you weeks or even months from now with severe chronic pain if the accident involved any form of whiplash. These types of injuries can have lasting effects—even putting someone in so much pain that they will be affected by it every day for the rest of their life. On average, about 25 percent of people have chronic pain for months or even years after whiplash occurs. But a study from Northwestern Medicine shows that scientists may have found an identifier for who will suffer…

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Is location relevant when protecting and serving causes injuries?

Oct 31 2017

Law enforcement is not a typical “nine to five” job. Officers see their commitment as something limited by hours, time of day or even location. The daily grind inherent in the vocation does require time off to rest, recuperate and recharge. For some, attending an out-of-state concert on October 1 was meant to relieve stress, not create more. Approximately 200 off-duty police officers from California found themselves at a Las Vegas music festival when, in a split second, they went from spectators to protectors when shots rang out from a nearby hotel. While the tragedy represented the largest mass shooting…

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Traveling employees: “Injured on the job” can happen anywhere

Oct 27 2017

“Injured on the job” does not mean, “injured at your workplace.” Rather, it refers to any injury suffered while working. This is a very important distinction for a traveling employee whose workplace might be a moving car, truck or airplane (or the various destinations to which those vehicles travel). This bears repeating: If you working when you are injured — no matter where you are — you can file a workers’ compensation claim. Often, traveling employees have more than one legal claim after an injury. It can sometimes be easy to forget that, in addition to a personal injury or…

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The true cost of new safety regulations

Oct 24 2017

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. The new bill passed unanimously in the New York State Assembly and signed by the mayor mandates at least 40 hours of safety training for 185,000 construction workers. Many see the rise in accidents running concurrent with growth in the city’s construction activity. However, de Blasio believes the increase in injures is the…

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