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January 9 is the most dangerous day of the year for Colorado workers

ALDO SVALDI | The Denver Post

There will be assistants slipping and accountants tripping and warehouse workers falling on the parking lot ice and snow. Ankles will be twisting and wrist bones splitting and screams of please, no.

Jan. 9 is the one day where Colorado workers face the highest odds of a serious workplace injury, according to Pinnacol Assurance, the state’s largest provider of workers’ compensation coverage. It truly is the most dangerous time of the year.

“When we ran these numbers we were sort of taken aback. We were trying to determine if there was a most dangerous week. Actually, the specific day of Jan. 9 is the most dangerous,” said Ellen Sarvay, a Pinnacol safety consultant.

Pinnacol Assurance has recorded an average of 198 claims on Jan. 9 for the past five years. That’s 62% higher than the daily average over that time frame, making the day the most injury-prone for workers.

The most common injuries reported on Jan. 9 are slips, trips and falls, followed by strains, and then being struck or striking something, and cuts. But it is mostly about falling. Combine the slick conditions from the snow and ice common in early January with vacation brain fog and workers get hurt at a much higher rate.

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