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4 causes of injuries for garbage collectors

As a garbage collector, you perform a lot of strenuous tasks and come into contact with hazardous materials on a daily basis. Managing waste is an important job that no one should ever overlook. Every morning you wake up, you prepare yourself to perform duties that many other people are not willing to do. 

Not only is your job often difficult, but it can put you in peril. Garbage collection is one of the top five most dangerous occupations in America. While you may already understand some aspects of your occupation that may injure you or get you sick, it is crucial to remain consistently aware of the hazards of your job. Here are some causes of illnesses and injuries in the sanitation field: 

After an auto accident in Denver, legal help is crucial

The roads can be a dangerous place here. This is true whether a person heads out as a pedestrian, bicyclist, motorcyclist or in a vehicle. An auto accident can happen at any time and be due to many reasons. People drive drunk. It is common to encounter a distracted driver, and there is recklessness, negligence and much more. A simple drive to the store or to work can turn into a life-changing event all due to the decision on the part of another driver to act in an irresponsible manner. When there has been a collision, it is imperative for those involved to understand what they are facing and know what they should do in the aftermath.

4 tips for avoiding an accident on your motorcycle

If you ride a motorcycle, safety should be one of your core priorities. According to the most recent data, bikers are 27 times more likely to die in an accident than occupants of passenger cars. You know that the consequences of another vehicle hitting you may be severe. 

The best thing you can do to avoid a serious or fatal injury in a motorcycle collision is to prioritize your safety. If you are constantly honing your skills, learning safety tips and staying vigilant, you will be much safer on the road. Here are a few essential strategies to reduce your chances of a motorcycle wreck.

What is scheduled and non-scheduled impairment in workers' comp?

When a Colorado worker is injured on the job, workers' compensation benefits are an important part of making ends meet and getting medical care while they try to recover. For some workers, the injury is not severe enough that they will never be able to work again or do not need to have a job that is specifically tailored to their post-injury abilities. Some workers though, will have permanent disability, but it will not be total disability. This is known as permanent partial disability (PPD).

There are two levels of PPD. They are scheduled impairment and non-scheduled impairment. Understanding the difference is imperative when seeking and receiving workers' comp. With scheduled impairment, the person will suffer from a loss of function in a certain area of the body or senses. It can be a loss of hearing or sight, losing use of the eyes, arms, fingers, legs, hands, toes or feet. When a person has a scheduled impairment, the worker will receive compensation that is linked to the value of the specific body part that is damaged.

Do you work in a sick building?

You know the feelings. As soon as you hit the front door of your Colorado office or other workplace, you start sneezing. Your eyes begin watering. You start coughing. Maybe your muscles start to ache. If going to work has become something you dread because you know you will feel sick the whole time you are there, maybe it is not you. Maybe your building is the culprit.

If you have never heard of a sick building, be assured that such buildings do exist. The Environmental Protection Agency devotes a whole page to this phenomenon on its website. According to the EPA, buildings become sick from one or more of the following causes:

  • Indoor chemical contamination
  • Outdoor chemical contamination
  • Poor ventilation
  • Biological contamination

Teen pedestrian dies in Colorado drunk driving accident

When drunk drivers are on the road, there is a major chance that there will be a drunk driving accident. No one who is sharing the road with a driver who is under the influence is safe. That includes other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable because they are not accorded any protection from serious injuries and death in the event of a crash. For those who have been hurt because of a drunk driver or a family has lost a loved one is a drunk driving accident, it is critical to understand the importance of legal help to consider a lawsuit to be compensated.

A car-pedestrian accident led to the death of a 15-year-old and the arrest of the driver on drunk driving charges. The accident happened at around 11 p.m. The driver hit the teen and then fled. It is believed that the teen was crossing against the light in the crosswalk. A witness assisted law enforcement in finding the vehicle several blocks from the scene of the accident. When the driver, 25, was found, he was arrested for DUI, not notifying law enforcement of an accident, hit-and-run and fleeing the scene of a fatal accident hit-and-run. The investigation is continuing.

3 ways nurses can get injured on the job

Nurses are some of the most important members of the health care system. Every day, they provide essential treatment to patients, help those in need and compassionately care for the ill. This makes it all the more tragic when a nurse is injured on the job and becomes the one who needs treatment. Unfortunately, though, there are many opportunities for this to happen in a health care facility.

The following are three of the most common incidents and injuries that a nurse may experience on the job. It is important to seek medical treatment and pursue workers' compensation following any such injury. 

Should one settle a truck accident lawsuit out of court?

Denver residents who suffer injuries as a result of a truck driver's negligence often seek to be compensated for their losses through a personal injury lawsuit. Sometimes, these cases go to trial and a jury makes an award to the victim.

Other times, however, the victim and the truck driver or trucking company (or, perhaps, the trucking insurance company) will agree to a settlement. A settlement means that the victim agrees to drop the lawsuit in exchange for an agreed-upon amount of compensation. What should victims expect in a trucking accident settlement?

How can a mental distraction cause an accident?

Much attention has been given to the risks of texting and driving or succumbing to any of the other myriad distractions that can lure drivers. Physical distractions are certainly a detriment on the road, but there are other distractions that can be just as dangerous — even though they are invisible. Mental distractions are a major threat to your safety and the safety to other drivers on the road.

How can your thoughts affect your driving? It might not seem like the two have a connection, but your mental state does have a major impact on your physical actions, and as such, you can find yourself struggling to drive safely when your mind is not focusing on what you are doing. The following are three examples of this. 

Notify OSHA of unsafe working conditions via online form

Denver workers in health care and other industries generally understand that the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration helps enforce the laws that protect them on the job and hold employers accountable for unsafe working conditions. But the federal agency may seem distant and far-removed from the realities of the workday in Denver. What should an employee do when it becomes necessary to file a safety and health complaint with OSHA?

First, it's important to understand that filing a complaint is a right afforded to workers under federal law. You also do not need to be able to articulate what law or standard is being broken, if any. You do, however, need to file a complaint in a timely manner, because OSHA cannot take action if it has been more than six months since the issue was addressed or resolved.

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