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March 2016 Archives

Workplace accidents: Ammonia leak kills worker at seafood plant

Food processing plants in California and across the country pose unique hazards related to dangerous chemicals that form part of the refrigeration process. Workplace accidents at such facilities sometimes involve toxic ammonia fumes. This was determined to have been the cause of the recent death of a worker at an out-of-state plant at which seafood is processed.

Workplace accidents: Energized power line kills 2 tree trimmers

Energized power cables pose severe safety hazards to workers in various industries. Construction workers are often injured -- and sometimes killed -- in workplace accidents when scaffolds and other structures are erected too close to power lines, and cranes are sometimes stationed in the restricted areas underneath power lines. Another industry that has to carefully assess work areas to identify this safety hazard is tree trimming companies. Workers are often tasked to clear away branches around electric lines without recognizing the life-threatening dangers this poses.

Construction workers' accidents: Power line kills 1, injures 1

Overhead power cables pose multiple threats to workers in the construction industry. It is the responsibility of California company owners to provide adequate training to not only inform employees of the potential dangers but also teach them how to avoid construction workers' accidents. High voltage electric shocks typically cause catastrophic injuries that often result in death.

Fatal workplace injuries cause death of 2 in trench collapse

Trenches are known to pose multiple life-threatening risks to workers nationwide, including here in California. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict safety regulations and guidelines related to trenches, these rules are sometimes disregarded in favor of speed and profits. A recent trench collapse in another state caused fatal workplace injuries to two workers.

Workplace accidents: Dump truck driver killed on quarry road

California workers will always be exposed to safety hazards regardless of the industries they work in. The California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes safety regulations pertaining to every industry, and company owners must comply with those regulations to avoid incidents in which workers suffer injuries due to unsafe workplace environments. However, workplace accidents continue to claim the lives of employees, and many deaths are caused by the disregard of safety regulations.

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