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Archive | 2013

Fall Accident Statistics: The Cost & Effect of Fall Injuries

Fall accidents are a major concern when it comes to workplace injuries, as about 9 million workers in the U.S. are hospitalized each year due to being involved in slip, trip and fall accidents. In fact, according to research conducted by Bolt Insurance: Fall-related accidents are the number one cause of workers’ compensation claims in […]

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Ontario Woman Accused of Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Clara Hamilton, a woman from Ontario, is currently facing criminal fraud charges for allegedly collecting more than $190,000 in workers’ compensation benefits on behalf of her deceased mother. According to the police report associated with this case, law enforcement officials discovered the alleged workers’ compensation fraud when, in May 2012, they had raided Hamilton’s home […]

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Fall Injury Facts and Statistics for Construction Workers (Part 2)

Picking up from Fall Injury Facts and Statistics for Construction Workers (Part 1), the following presents some additional information regarding the prevalence of fall injuries on construction sites and what industry leaders can do to reduce these injuries, make construction site safer and, ultimately, to save lives. Specifically, while Part 1 of this blog focused […]

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Fall Injury Facts and Statistics for Construction Workers (Part 1)

Fall injuries are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While falls and the resulting injuries they cause are a major concern for many industries, they are perhaps of the gravest concern in the construction injury where, as the Laborers Health and […]

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Study Reports that 9/11 Responders Are Far More Likely to Have Asthma

Emergency rescue workers and other 9/11 responders are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with asthma when compared to the general U.S. populations, reports a new study conducted by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM). Specifically, this study focused on the medical records of nearly 21,000 emergency responders who: Included both volunteers […]

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For His Role in Employee Deaths, Former President of Chemical Company Will Serve One Year in Prison

The man who formerly served as president of Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Services LLC (PACES) has been sentenced to serve one year in federal prison for his role in causing the death of one of PACES’ employees. According to court documents associated with the case, Matthew Bowman violated the Occupational Safety and Health Act […]

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Wal-Mart to Make Safety Improvements in 2,857 Stores Nationwide

As part of a settlement between Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and the U.S. Department of Labor, the national retailer will be making some significant safety improvements to 2,857 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores throughout the U.S. These improvements, which specifically relate to the use of trash compactors and the handling of chemicals and other hazards, will […]

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Cancer Rates Are Higher Among Firefighters, Reports NIOSH Study

Cancer rates among firefighters – both for specific types of cancer and for all cancers combined – are higher than those in the general U.S. population, reports a recent study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). This study, which analyzed approximately 30,000 firefighters in Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco, included […]

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How to Conduct Effective Workplace Safety Training (Part 2)

In continuation of How to Conduct Effective Workplace Safety Training (Part 1), the following provides some additional tips on how managers and others can conduct workplace safety training that will be both informative and effective for employees. In addition to tailoring the discussion to the specific audience of the session, using visual aids and asking […]

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How to Conduct Effective Workplace Safety Training (Part 1)

While many employers regularly conduct safety training for their employees – particularly when it comes to introducing new equipment or trying to get better corporate insurance rates, whether or not this training is actually effective can typically only be tested by time to see if employees took in and applied any of the information provided. […]

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How to Prevent On-the-Job Hearing Damage (Part 2)

Picking up from How to Prevent On-the-Job Hearing Damage (Part 1), the following provides some additional tips on how to protect yourself from hearing damage and hearing loss if you work in a particularly loud environment – such as on a construction site or in a manufacturing plant. In addition to wearing noise protection gear […]

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How to Prevent On-the-Job Hearing Damage (Part 1)

While most people think of workplace injuries as being physical injuries that are visibly apparent, in some cases, these injuries may not be readily apparent and may be the result of long-term exposure to (and lack of protection from) certain detrimental elements in a person’s work environment. One specific example of such workplace injuries is […]

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An Overview of Work-Related Hand Injuries (Part 2)

Continuing from An Overview of Work-Related Hand Injuries (Part 1)¸ the following provides some additional information regarding hand injuries that occur in the workplace. While Part 1 of this blog discussed some statistics related to on-the-job hand injuries, as well as some common types of hand injuries that workers can sustain, here in Part 2, […]

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An Overview of Work-Related Hand Injuries (Part 1)

Regardless of the type of work a person does, it’s more likely than not that they are regularly using their hands to complete the various tasks of their jobs. Given this, it’s no surprise that the hands, with all of their delicate bones and nerves, are the parts of the body that are most commonly […]

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Workplace Fatalities Reportedly Decreased in 2012 (Part 2)

Picking up from Workplace Fatalities Reportedly Decreased in 2012 (Part 1), the following provides some additional statistics from the 2012 National Census of Fatal Workplace Occupational Injuries (conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics). Workplace violence is still a serious issue and major cause of workplace deaths. In fact, in 2012, about 17 percent of […]

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Workplace Fatalities Reportedly Decreased in 2012 (Part 1)

According to the National Census of Fatal Workplace Occupational Injuries (conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics), the number of accident-related workplace deaths that occurred in 2012 decreased by more than 300 from those that took place in 2011, dropping from 4,693 in 2011 to 4,383 in 2012. Some of the factors cited in the […]

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OSHA’s New Final Rule: Hazard Communications in the Workplace (Part 3)

Continuing from OSHA’s New Final Rule: Hazard Communications in the Workplace (Part 2), this is the final installment of the three-part blog regarding new OSHA regulations associated with chemical hazards in the workplace. While Parts 1 and 2 of this blog focused on the consistent chemical labeling system and the changes to Hazard Communications Standards, […]

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OSHA’s New Final Rule: Hazard Communications in the Workplace (Part 2)

Picking up from OSHA’s New Final Rule: Hazard Communications in the Workplace (Part 1), the following is some additional information regarding new OSHA regulations that have been enacted as a way to minimize the number of workplace injuries (and resulting workers’ compensation claims) associated with handling or coming into contact with chemical hazards. While Part […]

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OSHA’s New Final Rule: Hazard Communications in the Workplace (Part 1)

Recently, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has released its new Final Rule regarding Hazard Communications in the workplace. By attempting to reduce potential miscommunications regarding workplace hazards, these new regulations are intended to: Promote workplace safety Minimize the possibility of workplace injuries due to contact with or exposure to potential chemical hazards Ultimately […]

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An Overview of Workers’ Compensation Fraud (Part 2)

Continuing from An Overview of Workers Compensation Fraud (Part 1), here is some additional essential information regarding workers’ compensation fraud in Colorado. While Part 1 of this blog described how Colorado law specifically defines workers’ compensation fraud, here in Part 2, we will focus on some of the specific types of workers’ compensation fraud that […]

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An Overview of Workers Compensation Fraud (Part 1)

While the Colorado workers compensation system has been set up to protect workers who are injured on the job, unfortunately, people may try to take advantage of this system by fraudulently attempting to obtain benefits that should go to legitimately injured workers. According to the Colorado Workers’ Compensation Act, workers’ compensation fraud is legally defined […]

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Know the Signs of Heat Illness in Hot Summer Months (Part 2)

Continuing from Know the Signs of Heat Illness in Hot Summer Months (Part 1), here is some additional information regarding the symptoms of various heat-related illnesses that outdoor workers should be aware of during the summer months. Knowing these symptoms can help outdoor workers identify the signs of heat-related illnesses early on, get treatment as […]

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Know the Signs of Heat Illness in Hot Summer Months (Part 1)

With summer in full swing and temperatures across the nation only likely to get warmer before getting cooler, it’s important for those who work outdoors to know the signs of heat illnesses – including heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke – so they know when to seek treatment to prevent more serious complications from […]

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Evaluating Workplace Safety to Foster a Culture of Safety at Work

When it comes to maintaining and improving workplace safety, industry leaders stress that it’s crucial for employers to create a team approach in which a company’s directors, middle management and all other employees work together to: Establish indicators of safety (or the lack thereof) Measure how well the company is matching up to safety indicators […]

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Employees’ Sleep Disorders Can Cause Workplace Safety Problems

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has launched the “Healthy Workforce Now” initiative in an effort to bring more attention to the fact that employees’ sleep disorders can create problems when it comes to workplace safety, employees’ health and workplace productivity. As part of this initiative, the ACOEM has released a number […]

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Workplace Injuries Can Be Opportunities for Progress, Prevention Strategizing

Although workplace injuries can put employees out of work for extended periods of time, can increase an employer’s insurance costs and can have a number of other detrimental consequences, they can also provide an opportunity for employers and employees to examine: The causes of such workplace injuries Unsafe behaviors or practices that contributed to these […]

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Final Rules for Workplace Health Programs Issued by Obama Administration

As part of rolling out the Obama administration’s new health care statutes, various federal agencies – including (but not limited to the U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services – have come together to develop and implement the final rules regarding what is required of workplace health promotion programs. These […]

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National COSH Report Recommends Reforms to Prevent Workplace Deaths (Part 2)

As discussed in National COSH Report Recommends Reforms to Prevent Workplace Deaths (Part 1), the April 2013 report compiled by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) reported some eye-opening statistics regarding the frequency of workplace fatalities in the U.S. In addition to these statistics and discourse on various workplace safety topics, […]

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National COSH Report Recommends Reforms to Prevent Workplace Deaths (Part 1)

A recent report compiled by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) has revealed some shocking statistics regarding workplace fatalities while also providing some critical recommendations as to what legislators and employers can do to help reduce these mostly preventable deaths. In this report, entitled Preventable Deaths: The Tragedy of Workplace Fatalities […]

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May is National Electrical Safety Month

The Energy Education Council (EEC) is sponsoring May as the National Electrical Safety Month as a way to try to educate workers about how to improve their safety awareness and work habits when they work outside close to power lines. The 2013 campaign has been entitled “Teach Learn Care TLC” and is being spearheaded by […]

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Man Who Faked Work Injuries for Drugs Sentenced to 45 Days in Jail

A Seattle-area man who faked having workplace injuries in an effort to obtain pain medications from local hospitals has been sentenced to 45 days in jail after being convicted on three counts of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance. In addition to the jail time, the man was also sentenced to pay various court fines, as […]

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Workplace Bullying Can Be a Real Problem for Employees & Employers

While bullying has become a hot-button topic for many schools and children throughout the U.S., it is also gaining an increasing amount of attention in business arenas, as: More than 35 percent of workers in the U.S. have reported being victimized by workplace bullying. Workplace bullying can be a significant cause of stress to employees […]

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Employees’ Stress Has Increased with Recession, Can Affect Productivity

Five years into a recession that seems to have no light at the end of the tunnel, employees have reported that they are facing a significant increase in their workplace stress levels, according to a recent nationwide survey overseen by Right Management. The link between the economic downturn and higher levels of workplace stress is […]

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Common Misconceptions about Workplace Injuries Debunked

When it comes to thinking about workplace injuries and accidents, there are a lot of misconceptions regarding what can be done in terms of preventing them. Here is a closer look at some of the most common misconceptions associated with workplace injuries: It is impossible to have a workplace that is free from hazards: This […]

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Risk of Workplace Accidents & Injuries Increases with Daylight Savings Time

The loss of sleep that typically results from “springing forward” with daylight savings time (DST) increases the risk of workplace accidents and injuries, according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology (a publication of the American Psychological Association). Although DST only causes about an hour or so of sleep to be lost […]

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Railroad Employees Rights According to OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been in place since 1970 in order to protect employees, including railroad workers, by setting standards and regulations associated with various elements of workplace safety. OSHA regulations are particular important to certain industries, such as the railroad industry and the construction industry, that are known to have […]

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Vocational Rehabilitation after a Workplace Injury

Although the term rehabilitation usually engenders thoughts of recovering from an injury, when it comes to workplace injuries, rehabilitation also incorporates the notion of helping injured workers be prepared to go back to work so that they can earn a living; this latter notion of rehabilitation is known as vocational rehabilitation and typically comes into […]

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An Overview of Construction Site Injuries

Although employees are subject to sustaining a workplace injury at nearly any job they have (particularly if the employer is not vigilant about maintaining a safe environment), construction workers are among the most susceptible to being injured at work both due to the nature of their job and the various hazards the regularly interact with. […]

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Important Workers Compensation Terms Defined (Part 2)

As a follow up to Important Workers Compensation Terms Defined (Part 1), below are some additional terms associated with workers compensation that will be helpful to anyone who is going through the filing process. Temporary disability benefits: These are benefits paid to workers who have been injured on the job and, as a result, miss […]

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Important Workers Compensation Terms Defined (Part 1)

Many employees in the U.S. only rarely file or have perhaps never filed a worker’s compensation claim, which means that the process and the terms associated with it are likely to be foreign to them. Below is a list of common and essential workers compensation terms, along with an explanation, to help elucidate the process: […]

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An Overview of Temporary Disability Benefits in Colorado

Temporary disability benefits refer to a type of workers compensation that is granted to employees who have been injured on the job and who will not be able to work for at least three days (or for three shifts) due to these injuries. Typically, temporary disability benefits will kick in on the fourth day that […]

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Does My Injury Qualify as a Work-Related Injury?

If you have been recently injured, determining whether an injury is classified as a work-related injury by both an employer and insurance companies is far more complicated than many people realize. In fact, the stipulations regarding what is considered to be a workplace injury are extremely specific, and people with injuries not falling into the […]

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Common Questions & Answers about Injury and Illness Prevention Programs

More than 3.3 million workplace injuries occur each year in the U.S., and approximately 12 work-related deaths occur daily, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. What is possibly just as shocking as these statistics is the fact that such preventable injuries and deaths cost roughly $1 billion each week. In an effort to […]

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Managing Workplace Safety: Top Trends for 2013

When it comes to managing workplace safety, professionals in this field are tasked with some major responsibilities, some of which include: Communicating up-to-date safety information with other employees Making sure that the business’ safety programs are consistent on all levels Making sure that employees are complying with safety programs Staying up-to-date with the latest changes […]

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Common Misunderstandings About Colorado Workers Compensation (Part 2)

Colorado workers compensation laws are complex, as they have specific time frames during which claims have to be filed, specific rules about how claims are filed, etc. Failing to comply with these regulations can result in injured workers’ claims getting rejected or in their benefits getting significantly reduced. As a result, when workers are injured […]

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Common Misunderstandings About Colorado Workers Compensation (Part 1)

If you have been injured on the job and are thinking of filing a workers compensation claim, it’s important to educate yourself about the process, as well as your legal rights, to ensure that you don’t make a mistake that could cause your claim to be rejected or your benefits to be reduced. During such […]

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Regulation for Mandatory IIPPs Is Top OSHA Priority for 2013

The head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has stated that passing regulations to make it mandatory for employers to have injury and illness prevention programs (IIPPs) will be a top priority for the agency in 2013. The reason that IIPPs have become a primary focus of OSHA is that the agency is […]

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What to Expect in Workplace Safety Trends for 2013 (Part 2)

Some of the workplace safety trends that experts are predicting for 2013 include new OSHA regulations, an increasingly heightened attention to OSHA enforcement and an increase in costs of OSHA citations. In addition to these trends, industry professionals are also hypothesizing that the following will play a role in workplace safety trends for 2013: Reforms […]

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What to Expect in Workplace Safety Trends for 2013 (Part 1)

With the new year upon us, many experts are speculating on what workers, employers and insurance companies can expect in the way of workplace safety trends for 2013. The following are some of the work-related safety trends that will likely be the focus of 2013: New and Revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Regulations: […]

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Natural Gas Explosion in Colorado Kills One and Injures Three Others

Late in the summer of 2012, a natural gas explosion occurred in a well owned by the Encana Corporation, a Canadian-based energy company, and the accident resulted in the death of a contractor who was working for the company. Three others, two other contractors and one Encana employee, were also injured in the natural gas […]

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