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When Workplace Accidents Lead to Amputations: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 3)

Ending our blog series When Workplace Accidents Lead to Amputations: 6 Facts to Know, here, we’ll reveal some more crucial info to be aware of when it comes to these severe types of workplace injuries. Amputations & Work Injuries: Here’s What Else You May Need to Know Fact 5 – There are various things that […]

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When Workplace Accidents Lead to Amputations: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 2)

Resuming When Workplace Accidents Lead to Amputations: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 1), here, we’ll continue highlighting some essential facts about these severe types of workplace injuries. More Important Info about Amputations Caused by Workplace Accidents Fact 3 – Certain occupations are associated with greater risks of amputations. In fact, according to officials at the […]

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When Workplace Accidents Lead to Amputations: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 1)

Amputations are among the more serious repercussions of workplace accidents and injuries, as amputations leave people with permanent impairments and limitations. In fact, while the physical impacts of amputations can be a lot to adjust to and deal with, so too can be the psychological effects, as workers learn to accept their loss and mentally […]

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The Costs & Impacts of Workplace Injuries, According to OSHA (Pt. 2)

Picking up from where The Costs & Impacts of Workplace Injuries, According to OSHA (Pt. 1) left off, here, we’ll continue highlighting some of the major findings of a recently released OSHA report focused on revealing how workplace injuries contribute to income inequality. While the first part of this blog series uncovered just who ends […]

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The Costs & Impacts of Workplace Injuries, According to OSHA (Pt. 1)

While workers’ compensation systems have been set up in every U.S. state to provide protections to workers who are injured on the job, a recently released reported from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has revealed that workplace injuries can end up having more significant costs and impacts on injured workers and their families […]

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Construction Accidents: An Overview of the Causes & Injuries (Pt. 2)

Picking up from Construction Accidents: An Overview of the Causes & Injuries (Pt. 1), here, our discussion regarding construction accidents in the U.S. will resume, now with a focus on the specific injuries and other impacts of these workplace accidents. Construction Accidents: The Injuries The most commonly sustained injuries in nonfatal construction accidents include head […]

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Construction Accidents: An Overview of the Causes & Injuries (Pt. 1) 

Although the construction industry provides millions of jobs to people in the U.S. and is an important part of the national economy, it does have a negative side, particularly when it comes to the worker perspective and risks associated with this industry. Focusing in on this dark side of the construction industry, in this two-part […]

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Colorado Workers’ Compensation Fraud: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 3)

Ending our blog series Colorado Workers’ Compensation Fraud: 6 Facts to Know, here, we will wrap up this discussion by pointing out a few more important facts to know about this type of fraud. Colorado Workers’ Compensation Fraud: Here’s What Else You Should Know Fact 5 – Colorado workers’ compensation fraud is generally a Class […]

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Colorado Workers’ Compensation Fraud: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 2)

Resuming Colorado Workers’ Compensation Fraud: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 1), below, we will pick this discussion back up by revealing a few more important facts you may need to know about this type of fraud. More Important Info about Colorado Workers’ Compensation Fraud Fact 3 – People who suspect Colorado workers’ compensation fraud can […]

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Colorado Workers’ Compensation Fraud: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 1)

The Colorado workers’ compensation system is in place to protect workers and provide them with financial support when they suffer on-the-job injuries. Despite the fact that this system is helpful and effective for many injured workers and their families, some people may try to take advantage of it, filing fraudulent claims and taking much-needed money […]

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2015 OSHA Changes You & Your Employer May Need to Know (Pt. 2)

Picking up from where 2015 OSHA Changes You & Your Employer May Need to Know (Pt. 1) left off, here, we will continue to highlight some of the most noteworthy updates to OSHA regulations that have gone into effect as of this year. While the first part of this blog series focused on revealing 2015 […]

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2015 OSHA Changes You & Your Employer May Need to Know (Pt. 1)

With the New Year here, some very important changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) policies have gone into effect, and these updates may impact you and your employer. In this two-part blog series, we will take a closer look at some of the most noteworthy 2015 OSHA changes that you and your […]

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2015 Will Not See Increased Colorado Workers Comp Premiums for Employers

For the first time since 2010, the average Colorado employer will not experience an increase in its premium costs for an essential aspect of workers’ compensation insurance, according to the Colorado Division of Insurance (CDI). In fact, as CDI has pointed out, the “loss costs” component of Colorado workers comp premiums will not be increased […]

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8 Winter and Holiday Safety Tips for the Workplace and Home (Pt. 3)

Wrapping up our blog series 8 Winter and Holiday Safety Tips for the Workplace and Home, below are some final helpful holiday safety tips to keep in mind at home and at work throughout the remainder of the winter season. Additional Holiday Safety Tips for the Rest of the Winter Season Tip 6 – Keep […]

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8 Winter and Holiday Safety Tips for the Workplace and Home (Pt. 2)

Picking up from where we left off in 8 Winter and Holiday Safety Tips for the Workplace and Home (Pt. 1), here, we will continue pointing out some essential holiday safety tips to share with your colleagues and family members. More Holiday Safety Tips Tip 3 – Take care of Christmas trees. The National Fire […]

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8 Winter and Holiday Safety Tips for the Workplace and Home (Pt. 1)

The holidays can be a wonderful time to enjoy your family, friends and colleagues, but they can also be a time when there may be additional hazards in your workplace and/or home. From Christmas trees and Christmas lights to indoor heaters, candles and fireplaces, there can be a number of new items introduced into your […]

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Top 7 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards (Pt. 3)

Wrapping up our three-part blog series Top 7 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards, here, we will point out the last three most frequently cited OSHA violations that round out the top 7 (as of November 2014). Additional OSHA Standards That Are Commonly Violated by Employers 5 – Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) This frequently violated OSHA […]

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Top 7 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards (Pt. 2)

Picking up where Top 7 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards (Pt. 1) left off, here, we will continue to point out the most commonly cited OSHA standards and what violations of them mean for employers and workers. More Commonly Violated OSHA Standards 3 – Scaffolding (1926.451) This OSHA standard sets various requirements for scaffolding (not […]

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Top 7 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards (Pt. 1)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regularly inspects workplaces throughout the U.S. to ensure that they are safe and that employers are in compliance with federal standards to keep their employees safe. Despite the fact that employers should be in compliance with federal regulations and that they know they are subject to OSHA inspections, […]

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Fatal Workplace Accident Leads to 7 Serious OSHA Violations for Cleveland Steelmaker

Cleveland Track Materials has just been cited with seven serious OSHA violations for its role in contributing to a fatal workplace accident that occurred this past August. According to OSHA’s investigation-related documents, a 45-year-old employee of the steel rolling company died when he suffered blunt-force trauma and was crushed by the spinning shaft of one […]

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Colorado Fracking Accident Kills 1, Seriously Injures 2, Sparking an OSHA Investigation

An extensive investigation is currently underway after one worker died and two other were seriously injured in a Colorado fracking accident that occurred in Weld County on November 13th. According to the latest reports regarding this Colorado fracking accident, the deadly incident occurred at approximately 9:30 am as workers were trying to heat up a […]

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Circus Accident in “Human Chandalier” Act Injures Nine, Leads to Serious OSHA Citation

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus has been fined $7,000 by regulators at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for its role in causing a serious circus accident that ended up injuring nine circus employees. According to the official OSHA citation, which was issued on November 4th, the circus accident occurred back in […]

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Winter Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers (Pt. 3)

Wrapping up our three-part blog series Winter Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers, here we will present some final important safety information regarding what outdoor workers can do to keep themselves safe and ward off cold-induced illnesses this winter season. While the first two parts of this blog series focused on discussing cold-induced illness and some […]

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Winter Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers (Pt. 2)

Picking up where Winter Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers (Pt. 1) left off, below, we will continue to discuss some important things outdoor workers and employers should be aware of as the winter season fast approaches. While the first part of this blog series focused on pointing out the specific risks and dangers outdoor workers […]

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Winter Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers (Pt. 1)

As the winter holiday season fast approaches, now is a good time for outdoor workers and their employers to review some essential winter safety tips so that these employees have minimal chances of being injured due to working in cold winter conditions. In this three-part blog series, we’ll highlight some essential winter safety tips for […]

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Colorado Death Benefits: FAQs (Pt. 3)

Here is the conclusion to our blog series Colorado Death Benefits: FAQs. Q – Will my death benefits payments be impacted if I am receiving other benefits? A – Possibly – it depends on the other types of benefits you are receiving. According to Colorado workers’ compensation law (8-42-114), the following are some of the […]

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Colorado Death Benefits: FAQs (Pt. 2)

Picking up from where we left off in Colorado Death Benefits: FAQs (Pt. 1), here, we will continue responding to common questions about Colorado death benefits. Q – Do Colorado death benefits include additional compensation for funeral and burial expenses? A – Yes, in many cases, people can obtain additional compensation specifically for funeral and […]

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Colorado Death Benefits: FAQs (Pt. 1)

Colorado workers’ compensation laws provide various protections to injured workers; they also stipulate that families of workers who have sustained fatal workplace injuries may be entitled to receive death benefits. Given that the eligibility requirements for Colorado death benefits can be complicated and that the process of receiving these benefits can be obtuse, in this […]

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Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents at Work: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 3)

Wrapping up our blog series Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents at Work: 6 Facts to Know, below are some final important facts to know about workplace slip, trip and fall accidents. Fact 4 – Police officers are most commonly injured by slip, trip and fall accidents at work. When analysis of the incidence of slip, […]

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Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents at Work: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 2)

Continuing from where we left off in Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents at Work: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 1), here we will carry on our discussion regarding the incidence, causes and effects of workplace slip, trip and fall accidents and injuries. Fact 2 – When workers are hurt in fall accidents, their injuries typically […]

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Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents at Work: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 1)

While slipping or tripping and falling down may be embarrassing, it’s often also extremely harmful. In fact, falling accidents – even when they don’t involve falls from great heights – can result in serious, long-term injuries that, in the worst cases, can trigger irreversible impairments. When such slip, trip and fall accidents happen while people […]

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10 Jobs with the Highest Rates of Fatal Workplace Injuries (Pt. 3)

Here is the conclusion to our blog series 10 Jobs with the Highest Rates of Fatal Workplace Injuries. The statistics discussed in this blog have been compiled by researchers at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (and were published in the BLS’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, CFOI). More Workers Who Have a High Risk of […]

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10 Jobs with the Highest Rates of Fatal Workplace Injuries (Pt. 2)

Picking up from where we left off in 10 Jobs with the Highest Rates of Fatal Workplace Injuries (Pt. 1), below we will continue our discussion of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S., according to the findings reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). These Workers Also Have […]

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10 Jobs with the Highest Rates of Fatal Workplace Injuries (Pt. 1)

Day to day, you likely don’t think about the fact that you could be involved in a fatal accident at work. However, for some workers in the U.S., there is a significant possibility of sustaining fatal workplace injuries due to the common risks and dangers associated with their jobs. In an effort to pinpoint some […]

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Health Care Workers Suffer More Injuries, Have Less Protections, Report Finds

Hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities are places where the public goes to improve their health and seek treatment for various ailments. Despite this fact, these medical facilities are ironically the site of hundreds of thousands of injuries each year, as health care workers commonly sustain workplace injuries at rates that are far higher […]

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How to Prevent Heat Illnesses: Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers (Pt. 3)

Here is the conclusion to our three-part blog How to Prevent Heat Illnesses: Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers. Tips for Preventing Heat Illnesses Along with staying hydrated, wearing the proper gear and taking plenty of breaks, more ways that outdoor workers can reduce their risk of developing heat illnesses include by: Avoiding things that can […]

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How to Prevent Heat Illnesses: Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers (Pt. 2)

Picking up from where How to Prevent Heat Illnesses: Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers (Pt. 1) left off, below we will continue our discussion of summer safety for outdoor workers. Specifically, while the first part of this blog focused on defining the types of heat illnesses that outdoor workers are susceptible to developing during the […]

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How to Prevent Heat Illnesses: Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers (Pt. 1)

Each year, thousands of outdoor workers sustain serious heat illnesses, and, in the worst cases, these heat illnesses end up being fatal (according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA). While this fact may be disturbing and cause for worry in and of itself, what may be possible as distressing is the fact that […]

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Tree-Trimming Safety Highlighted in Recent OSHA Report

Tree-trimming is a notoriously hazardous occupation, as the risk of falling or having objects fall onto workers and seriously injure them is an inherent danger associated with this type of work. To highlight some of the ways that tree-trimmers can protect themselves and reduce their risks of falling while they work, the Occupational Safety and […]

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Deadliest Cities for America’s Workers

The incidence of workplace fatalities is far greater in some U.S. cities, especially those that are focused on a specific industry, a recent report has pointed out. In fact, according to this report based on data from the U.S. Department of Labor, the deadliest cities for American workers are as follows: Midland, Texas, where there […]

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Could New Approach to Injury Prevention Reduce Workplace Fatalities?

Although the number of workplace injuries reportedly occurring in the U.S. each seems to be steadily decreasing, the incidence of workplace fatalities doesn’t seem to be declining at a similar rate, leading some safety professionals to question whether a new approach needs to be considered for protecting workers from deadly accidents and events. In fact, […]

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A Look at How OSHA Has Improved Workplace Safety

Over the last 40 years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reportedly played an important role in reducing the number of workplace injuries and fatalities in the U.S. by more than 60 percent. In fact, since OSHA was created in 1970: The U.S. workforce has more than doubled in size. The number of […]

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Workplace Noise Exposure Is A Serious Problem, Workers’ Hearing Loss Is On the Rise

As many as 30 million workers in the U.S. are regularly exposed to dangerous levels of workplace noise, according to research conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH). With such workplace noise exposure, workers have a significantly increased risk of developing potentially permanent hearing issues, including (but not necessarily limited to): […]

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Workplace Violence: Facts and Statistics (Pt. 3)

Wrapping up Workplace Violence: Facts and Statistics, here is the conclusion to this three-part blog dedicated to highlighting the prominence and problem of workplace violence in the U.S.  While the first and second parts of this blog were focused on presenting workplace violence statistics and risk factors (respectively), below, we will take a closer look […]

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Workplace Violence: Facts and Statistics (Pt. 2)

Picking up from where Workplace Violence: Facts and Statistics (Pt. 1) left offer, here we will continue to focus on the prevalence and problem of workplace violence in the U.S. While the first part of this blog was dedicated to presenting workplace violence statistics, below, we will highlight some of the factors that can increase […]

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Workplace Violence: Facts and Statistics (Pt. 1)

Workplace violence is a serious issue for both employees and employers alike in the U.S. While workplace violence can involve threats of physical harm or even verbal abuse (both of which can create lasting psychological damage), in its most severe forms, workplace violence can cause people to sustain serious injuries, permanent impairments and potentially even […]

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Preventable Deaths 2014 Reports that 53,000+ Workers Die Each Year in U.S.

Workplace injuries and occupational illnesses are responsible for the deaths of more than 53,000 workers every year in the U.S., reports Preventable Deaths 2014 (an in-depth report compiled and published by the National Council on Occupational Safety and Health – or National COSH). Additional facts and statistics regarding workplace deaths that were spotlighted in this […]

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6 Things to Look for in a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer (Pt. 3)

Concluding 6 Things to Look for in a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer, below are some final factors to remember when you are searching for the best workers’ compensation attorney to advocate your rights and help you get the benefits you deserve. 5. A Record of Success with Workers’ Compensation Cases – When you are confident that […]

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6 Things to Look for in a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer (Pt. 2)

Continuing from 6 Things to Look for in a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer (Pt. 1), below we continue the discussion regarding important criteria to keep mind as you screen attorneys to represent you in your workers’ compensation case. 3. Good Standing with the State Bar Association – Experience is just one of the important credentials lawyers […]

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6 Things to Look for in a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer (Pt. 1)

When you are ready to file a workers’ compensation claim or when you need to file an appeal to get the benefits you deserve, having a skilled attorney on your side can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. However, when it comes to choosing a workers’ compensation lawyer to represent you […]

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Business Owner Sentenced to Prison for Workers Comp Fraud

A business owner from Stanwood, Washington will be serving a year in prison for reportedly defrauding multiple agencies of workers’ compensation benefits. According to court documents associated with this case, Richard Stalkfleet pocketed about $295,000 in workers’ compensation benefits from November 2004 through November 2011 all while running a successful business that took in upwards […]

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Back Pain and Office Ergonomics (Part 2)

Concluding our two-part blog Back Pain and Office Ergonomics, here we will take a more in-depth look at some specific office ergonomics that can be instituted to help relieve workers’ back pain and, ideally, reduce their risk of developing potentially crippling repetitive stress injuries (like carpal tunnel syndrome). Check out this table for an easy […]

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Back Pain and Office Ergonomics (Part 1)

While back pain and injuries can develop as a result of some traumatic incident or accident, in many cases, these crippling injuries can slowly arise overtime due to the repetitive stress placed on the back. In fact, in terms of repetitive stress, one of the more significant things that can contribute to back pain is […]

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Do You Primarily Sit at Work? You May Have a Higher Risk of Heart Failure

If you work in an office, the chances are that you send most of your working days sitting. While there may be some ergonomic issues that come into play with sedentary jobs, some researchers have recently reported that these types of jobs may also increase workers’ risk of heart failure. In fact, according to researchers […]

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Workers’ Compensation Payouts May Cost Employers Up to $1B Weekly

The cost of workers’ compensation payouts and employee injuries may cost American employers as much as $1 billion every week, according to a recent report published by BOLT Insurance. This report not only focused on totaling the direct and indirect costs that U.S. employers absorb due to workplace injuries, but it took a critical look […]

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Workplace Injuries: A Big Problem Healthcare Workers

Although the health care industry has been a huge target of public scrutiny in the past decade, the perspective is usually from the patient standpoint, criticizing the nature or administration of care, health insurance coverage, etc. However, some recently published research from Medical Staffing Network Healthcare LLC sheds some light on how the health care […]

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Dirty Workplaces, Sick Workers and How to Protect Yourself (Part 2)

Continuing from Dirty Workplaces, Sick Workers and How to Protect Yourself (Part 1), below, we will share some additional key findings of the recent Kimberly-Clark Professionals’ study on the dangers and prevalence of office germs. While these findings may be alarming and disconcerting, it’s important that office workers are aware of them so that they […]

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Dirty Workplaces, Sick Workers and How to Protect Yourself (Part 1)

While the risk of some types of workplace accidents – like overexertion or falls from high levels – substantially drops for employees who work in an office environment, other risks – like being exposed to germs – can be higher for these workers. In fact, exposure to office germs and protection from them should be […]

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Hand Hygiene Tips To Reduce Your Risk of Flu, Sick Days

During the cold and flu season, being diligent about keeping up with hand hygiene can be essential to stopping the spread of these nasty viruses, keeping yourself and your family healthy and reducing the chances that you will miss work due to illness. The following are some key hand hygiene tips to keep in mind […]

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How Outdoor Workers Can Protect Themselves in the Cold (Part 2)

Picking up from How Outdoor Workers Can Protect Themselves in the Cold (Part 1)¸ here is some additional information regarding what outdoor workers should do to prevent themselves from sustaining serious cold weather injuries this winter season. While Part 1 of this blog focused on discussing some of the specific elements of the cold that […]

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How Outdoor Workers Can Protect Themselves in the Cold (Part 1)

This year’s winter season has ushered in record-breaking storms and cold conditions that ravaged much of the Midwest and Northeastern areas of the U.S. While many people have faced the effects of this crippling cold at their homes, for those who work outdoors, the cold conditions may be unavoidable – and they may put these […]

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Mining Deaths Increase in 2013, According to MSHA

Mining deaths in 2013 increased by approximately 1.5 percent from those that occurred in 2012 – jumping from 36 mining fatalities in 2012 to 42 mining deaths in 2013, according to preliminary reports issued by officials at the Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Although 2013 had been on target to reporting less mining deaths, […]

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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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