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Workplace Accidents Archives

Workplace accidents involving explosives can be devastating

Summer is not the only time when people across the country celebrate with fireworks. New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year, weddings and baseball games may incorporate fireworks displays to the surprise and delight of many. However, the personal possession and use of fireworks is carefully limited by California law and with good reason. Fireworks can be dangerous, even deadly, to untrained users, and even the most careful handlers of the explosives may end up seriously injured or worse. Those who handle fireworks for a living are constantly at risk for workplace accidents.

Cal/OSHA proposes rules for workplace accidents involving heat

California lawmakers often lead the way when it comes to enacting safety measures. Recently they continued the trend by acknowledging growing concerns regarding heat-related workplace accidents. While protocol for the prevention of heat-related illnesses and injuries has been in place for over a decade, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has not been successful in implementing similar policies for indoor workers. However, Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a measure to address this deficiency.

Logging sees more workplace accidents than other jobs

While it is not a contest many would like to win, loggers have once more made the top of the list of the most dangerous occupations, according to the latest report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries shows that 132.7 loggers die in workplace accidents for every 100,000 full-time workers in country, drastically higher than the national average of 3.4. The families of many California loggers understand the risks they take, but it does not make it easier to bear when a tragedy occurs.

Project site of many workplace accidents, including fatal fall

Many construction accidents have tragic endings, so hearing that an accident could have been prevented stirs many emotions. California workplace accidents are investigated to learn how to avoid such accidents in the future. Nevertheless, if employees are not trained to implement basic safety precautions, workplace accidents will continue to bring heartache to families and co-workers.

Third-party cases may involve manufacturers of faulty scaffolding

Workers in California often depend on their equipment, not just to get the job done, but to provide a safe and reliable way to accomplish their tasks. When a job places a worker in harm's way, that worker does not want to worry that equipment will fail at the worst possible moment. However, these kinds of accidents happen all too often, prompting third-party cases that seek remuneration beyond workers' compensation.

Workplace accidents may occur when corners are cut to save money

Safety on the job is often a top concern, especially when the job is inherently dangerous. Providing well-maintained equipment and appropriate personal protection is the minimum many employers in California do to ensure the well-being of their workers. When cutting corners to save expenses, those are items few would sacrifice. However, when workplace accidents result in investigations regarding the safety procedures of a company, there may be many unanswered questions.

Workplace accidents among tree-trimmers increasing

Those who work at great heights seem to have a substantially higher risk of injury than those working on the ground. Roofers, construction workers, window washers and utility workers are among those who must take special precautions on the job. A recent rash of fatal workplace accidents among tree-trimming employees has caused California's Occupational Safety and Health Administration to launch a statewide safety campaign.

Preventing workplace accidents is a multi-step process

The good news is that the number injuries on the job have declined. However, the number of fatalities is at an all-time high – 4,821 across the country last year – which is the highest it has been since 2008. While many companies in California focus on personal protective equipment as a means of reducing injuries, some feel that those measures are a last resort and that there is much that can be done to prevent workplace accidents before a worker dons that equipment.

Workplace accidents on movie sets do not get much publicity

A 65-year-old truck driver left his birthday party to return to a California studio to haul a load of equipment to the secret filming of the first installment of "The Avengers." The Vietnam veteran had gotten only a few hours sleep when he was called to make the delivery. While preparing the load, the man fell to his death from the back of the truck. He was one of 43 people who have died in workplace accidents on film sets in the United States over the past 25 years.

Claiming benefits in a temporary disability situation

Employers in California and all other states are obligated to keep their employees as safe as possible according to the laws and regulations that govern such matters. Employers are also required to purchase insurance that provides benefits to those who suffer temporary disability situations after accidents occur in the workplace. Medical costs and lost wages are two expenses often alleviated through such benefits.

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