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Injuries to nannies and domestic workers

Caring for others is a worthwhile and rewarding career, but it's not without its risks. Whether you are working as a nanny and caring for Denver children, or you have been hired by a family to care for an elderly relative, you are responsible for keeping them safe but you also need to prioritize your own well-being. Recognizing the common risks of this career and working to minimize your chances of suffering from an injury are important, but it's also critical that you know what you need to do in the event of a work-related injury.

Injuries to snow removal professionals

Winter moves in quickly in Denver and throughout Colorado. One day, the local residents are in awe at the beauty of the fall and by the next day, the leaves are off the trees and the barren branches are topped with fresh snow. While winter usually ushers in a season of hibernation in other parts of the country, Denver actually comes to life when the first flakes start to fly. This is when an influx of tourists arrive and when the nearby residents look to head to their favorite ski resort for the weekend.

Injuries to restaurant kitchen workers

While all of the guests are enjoying their meals in the dining room and the wait staff is running orders back and forth, it's the kitchen that is keeping the restaurant operating at all times. From the cooks to those who are assisting in the kitchen, this team of workers is critical to the success of any dining establishment.

Common types of office injuries

Those who work in an office setting often feel like they work in a safe, low-risk space. While it's true that office workers generally are not operating large equipment or lifting heavy machinery, there are still risks to be aware of in this environment. In fact, office workers suffer from a number of injuries directly related to their job responsibilities. 

In winter, back off of trucks

By the time November rolls around in Colorado, Denver residents and visitors alike are wishing for that first magical snowflake of the year. The falling snow is the unofficial start of yet another fantastic ski season, and provides those in the area with an opportunity to soak up the magic of wintertime. However, these same beautiful flakes that cover the mountainsides with fresh powder can wreck havoc on the roadways. The winding roads and the busy highways of Denver instantly become more dangerous, especially for truck drivers and those driving around trucks.

When children are injured on a school bus

Parents place an inherent trust in the school systems in which they send their children. They rely upon teachers to gently guide their children through their days, encouraging them to love to learn. They rely upon the principals and administrators to enforce the rules and to create a safe yet fun environment for all children who go there. They also rely upon the bus drivers to transport their children to and from school safely each day.

Injured at work while still during your probationary period

Many workers who are hired by a new employer are placed under a probationary period, but young workers are more likely to experience this condition of their employment than those who are more experienced. A probationary period is generally a specific period of time — such as 30, 60 or 90 days — in which an employee is required to complete their job responsibilities while the employer evaluates their performance. 

Injured at work while under a temp-to-hire contract

For young workers, the opportunity to partner with a staffing agency and receive temporary work is often the ideal way to get professional experience and test out various roles in the work force. Whether working in an office setting or in an industrial or manufacturing setting, young workers can learn more about what they like to do and the type of role they might like to have in their career.

Younger workers’ have safety rights, too

For many Denver teenagers, their first job provides them with their first sense of freedom as well as their first major responsibility. Now, they have an opportunity to earn an income, but they also have to stick to their new schedule, learn fresh skills and develop a professional demeanor for the workplace. The majority of adolescents get jobs that pay minimum wage or just more than that, often working in restaurants, for retailers or completing general office work. Regardless, young people in Denver still have safety rights while they are on the job!

Uber and Lyft drivers are on their own if injured

Ridesharing is just another facet of the newly-minted sharing economy, in which consumers around the globe have turned to social media to get their goods and services for a fraction of the cost. Companies such as Uber and Lyft have taken advantage of new technology and the public's desire to obtain cheap and convenient rides from nearly anywhere. For passengers, the ability to use an app to get a ride home from the airport for significantly less than a cab fare keeps them coming back for more. For drivers, the ability to work as an independent contractor, choose their own hours and earn a generous yet flexible income keeps them behind the wheel.

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