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New OSHA program may offer protection to health care workers

Colorado residents who work in health care facilities may be interested to learn that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is tightening its regulations that protect workers in this industry. Furthermore, the agency's definition of health care facilities for this purpose is a broad one and includes assisted living facilities, substance abuse centers and continuing care retirement centers.

Respiratory safety for health care workers

Many Colorado health care workers know that the rate of injuries and illnesses that occur during work in the health care industry are almost twice as high as the rate of illnesses and injuries in private industry overall. In 2013, for example, there were approximately 58,000 injuries and illnesses recorded by U.S. hospitals; this amounted to 6.4 injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time health care employees. To reduce injuries and illnesses, OSHA updated instructions for preventing hazards.

Respiratory safety for health care workers

Many Colorado health care workers know that the rate of injuries and illnesses that occur during work in the health care industry are almost twice as high as the rate of illnesses and injuries in private industry overall. In 2013, for example, there were approximately 58,000 injuries and illnesses recorded by U.S. hospitals; this amounted to 6.4 injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time health care employees. To reduce injuries and illnesses, OSHA updated instructions for preventing hazards.

Workers' compensation may be denied after time has passed

Colorado workers who have been injured on the job should make sure that they file their workers' compensation claims in a timely fashion to reduce the chance that those claims will be denied. A former maintenance man for McDonald's is attempting to claim workers' compensation benefits for his rotator cuff injury that had been diagnosed in 2006, but McDonald's is arguing that the injury is related to an earlier one from 2001 that the man did not file a claim for. However, the man claims that the rotator cuff injury is unrelated to the earlier diagnosis of tendonitis. A New Jersey appellate court referred the case back to workers' compensation court to hear expert medical testimony regarding the injury.

Workers' compensation may be denied after time has passed

Colorado workers who have been injured on the job should make sure that they file their workers' compensation claims in a timely fashion to reduce the chance that those claims will be denied. A former maintenance man for McDonald's is attempting to claim workers' compensation benefits for his rotator cuff injury that had been diagnosed in 2006, but McDonald's is arguing that the injury is related to an earlier one from 2001 that the man did not file a claim for. However, the man claims that the rotator cuff injury is unrelated to the earlier diagnosis of tendonitis. A New Jersey appellate court referred the case back to workers' compensation court to hear expert medical testimony regarding the injury.

Reviewing the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

Employees in Colorado can take a number of interesting facts away from the 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in September 2015. There were 4,679 fatal injuries in the workplace during 2014, increasing by 2 percent from the previous year. The rate of fatal workplace injuries increased by 13 percent among women, but they only accounted for 8 percent of the total recorded in 2014.

Reviewing the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

Employees in Colorado can take a number of interesting facts away from the 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in September 2015. There were 4,679 fatal injuries in the workplace during 2014, increasing by 2 percent from the previous year. The rate of fatal workplace injuries increased by 13 percent among women, but they only accounted for 8 percent of the total recorded in 2014.

EMS personnel who work long shifts are at greater injury risk

Emergency medical services workers in Colorado and around the country have a significantly heightened risk of injury when they work long shifts. EMS work can be difficult, requiring people to repeatedly lift others and also to make important decisions while they are providing care for the injured.

EMS personnel who work long shifts are at greater injury risk

Emergency medical services workers in Colorado and around the country have a significantly heightened risk of injury when they work long shifts. EMS work can be difficult, requiring people to repeatedly lift others and also to make important decisions while they are providing care for the injured.

Importance of hand protection for oil and gas workers

Many workers in Colorado are employed in the oil and gas industry. Those who are and who handle equipment need good hand protection to help prevent common injuries. The costs associated with a hand injury may be quite large, so employers may want to make sure their employees are provided with hand protection and that they wear them at all times.

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