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December 2014 Archives

Colorado hospital treats crime lab employees for drug exposure

On Dec. 15, two employees at the Denver Crime Lab were taken to a hospital due to suspected exposure to synthetic marijuana. The employees were reportedly transferring synthetic marijuana powder from a bag to a container when the bag burst.

Common risks for workplace injuries

Maintaining a safe environment in the workplace is important for a multitude of reasons, which include the health of workers, productivity, insurance costs and company morale. Understanding the causes and results of common workplace injuries can help companies in Colorado prevent on the job accidents from occurring.

Workplace injuries in Colorado and around the country

According to data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were three million nonfatal workplace injuries in the United States in 2013. The figure, which was announced on Dec. 4, is equivalent to an incidence rate of 3.3 per 100 full-time workers in the private sector. It is slightly lower than 2012, and it continues a pattern of a decline in injuries that has been going on for the past 11 years.

Avoiding preventable injuries at the workplace

Colorado employees may benefit from learning more about different strategies for avoiding injuries at the workplace. Workers in the retail sector may be able to avoid musculoskeletal injuries by employing a variety of ergonomic techniques or solutions while completing tasks on the job. Employees may be able to avoid suffering sprains and strains at work by using devices to transport and lift heavier cargo from the shipping trucks into the sales floor.

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