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September 2016 Archives

Construction workers' accidents may involve trench collapse

In California, trenches may be dug for various phases in a construction job, such as laying cables or pipes. As with many jobs that have inherent dangers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has outlined careful guidelines for preventing accidents on construction jobs. Nevertheless, each year construction workers' accidents involving trench collapses lead to fatalities. Unfortunately, OSHA now has the grim task of investigating a recent trench collapse which took the life of a worker.

Some companies want workers' compensation to be optional

Across the country, some businesses are campaigning for the right to set their own guidelines for dealing with injured workers. These businesses want the option to refuse workers' compensation insurance for their employees and write their own compensation plans. However, courts in California and other states are deciding whether those plans violate state constitutions.

Injured firefighter depends on temporary disability payments

Perhaps no one understands the dangers of his or her job better than a firefighter. When an emergency call comes in, California rescue personnel are prepared to sacrifice their own safety to help others. As a result, injuries are part of the job, and serious injuries may result in temporary disability. One firefighter recently learned this after a particularly treacherous apartment fire.

Most common workplace injuries involve hearing loss

The results of a recent study have prompted the federal Department of Labor to take action. It has launched a new educational campaign aimed at increasing awareness of one of the most common workplace injuries in California and across the country. Among jobs in mining, construction and manufacturing, workers risk hearing loss more than any other injury. Some are now calling for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to review and update its regulations for protecting the hearing of workers.

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