Unsafe work environments come in different forms. Some are certainly perilous by their very nature. Most places of employment can – and should – care about workplace safety. When workplace health and safety, along with precautions, are not taken, employees get needlessly hurt on the job. If you’ve been hurt while working in Colorado, call 303-792-5595 or fill out a Free Case Evaluation form while there is still time!
There are essentially three types of dangerous work environments that could lead to a dangerous workplace lawsuit:
Inherently Dangerous Work
The first thing that comes to mind for most people when talking about an unsafe workplace, are the jobs that are simply inherently dangerous. A recent list of the deadliest occupations in the country, as compiled from a number of sources, includes some of the usual suspects, as well as a few surprises:
- Cab drivers and chauffeurs
- – People who drive for a living brave constant traffic, fatigue, and potentially belligerent passengers.
- Utility line workers – These unsung heroes work with power lines, at heights, and often in nasty weather. In Colorado, that can often include heavy, late spring snowstorms.
- Truck drivers and traveling sales workers – Truck drivers face long hours and demanding work schedules, which no doubt contributes to the high rate of traffic fatalities among this group.
- Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural workers – Perhaps the oldest occupation on this list, and one with a large presence in Colorado – people who work the land work long hours while operating heavy machinery nearly every day.
- Structural iron and steel workers – This group of workers are often wielding hot welding torches, sometimes while they’re pretty high off the ground. Falling is always a slip away.
- Roofers – These workers have to deal with occasionally intense weather conditions and heights, as well. The Denver metropolitan area’s presence in the middle of Hail Alley, along with its torrid pace of residential construction, make roofers popular in Colorado.
- Trash and recycling collector – These people have to work in the middle of traffic, riding in (or on) a dangerous piece of heavy equipment where any given pickup can potentially include hazardous materials.
- Pilots and flight engineers – Despite the obvious dangers pilots and flight engineers face, they’re still the highest-paid workers on this list.
- Loggers – Loggers face falling trees, dangerous tools, and uncertain terrain.
- Fishermen – These brave souls face extreme weather conditions, heavy equipment, and the daily possibility of drowning.
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These perilous worksites are dangerous because of potential environmental hazards in the workplace, sometimes as a simple byproduct of just doing the job, and other times because of poor safety protocols creating an unsafe condition and/or lax implementation of them. A few environmental workplace hazards include:
Hazardous chemicals –The handling of hazardous chemicals is one of the most common workplace hazards for many jobs. There’s a wide variety of occupations that come into daily contact with hazardous chemicals, whether its sanitation workers, painters, or miners. Many of these chemicals can harm employees even if they never come into direct contact with them, such as truck drivers constantly inhaling diesel fumes.
Silicosis – According to the American Lung Association, silicosis is a lung disease triggered by the inhalation of tiny bits of silica, a mineral composed of sand, rock, and mineral ores such as quartz. It tends to hit workers constantly exposed to silica dust in careers such mining, glass manufacturing, and foundry work. Over an extended period of time, this exposure can lead to scarring in the lungs, which can hamper your ability to breathe.
Byssinosis – Byssinosis, or brown lung, is a rare lung ailment that hits textile workers. It’s actually a form of occupations al asthma that’s caused by inhaling hemp, flax, and cotton particles. Additionally, there’s a type of byssinosis that’s referred to as grain worker’s lung. It tends to cop up in people who work with grains.
Sick building syndrome – What used to be called sick building syndrome is simply a reference to a workplace with poor air quality. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, if 20 percent of the staff presents symptoms such as watery eyes, hoarseness, headaches, dry skin, dizziness, nausea, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, nosebleeds, chronic fatigue, mental fogginess, tremors, and/or swelling of the legs or ankle, the building could be classified as “sick.” A strong indicator is whether the symptoms dissipate when workers are away from the job from, if her/she goes on vacation, for example.
Unsafe Worksite Practices
This is where negligence is most apparent at any workplace making it obvious health and safety at work has not been considered. The simplest action – or inactions – can result in otherwise preventable accidents that can cost employees time away from work. A few examples include:
Bad housekeeping – This can dust, spills or even simple clutter that litter a workspace, which can increase the risk of slips and falls, one of the leading cause of workplace injuries.
Irresponsible extension cord use – Extensions cords are only intended to be used as temporary solutions. Using them for extended periods of time – in any workspace –is not only an OSHA violation, but it presents a persistent tripping hazard.
Poor fall protections – Falls at work are ridiculously common – and easily prevented. Not only do fall protection points need to be easily identified – especially as building sites –but employees need to educated and trained properly in worksite fall prevention.
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Denver Workmans Comp Lawyers in Colorado
Someone dies just doing their job in Colorado about every four days, which translates into more than a 100 workplaces deaths annually. Thousands more are injured badly enough to miss work every year, as well. These injuries cost workers lost and sometimes future, wages, and employers millions of dollars in claims, judgements, and settlements every year. In 2013 alone, Colorado employers had to pay more than more than $187 million as a result of nearly 6,000 incidents.
Filing for workers’ compensation is a complicated, time-sensitive process. In Colorado, the state’s workers’ compensation law is more than 100 pages long, which doesn’t even include the hundreds of pages of claim procedures. It should then come as no surprise that injured employees who have representation from a Colorado workers comp lawyer reach settlements eight times higher on average than those who don’t. This isn’t a do-it-yourself project, especially when you’re injured. Call a Burg Simpson Colorado workers comp attorney today before time runs out or fill out a Free Case Evaluation form here!