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California tree trimmer suffers fatal workplace injuries

Every industry has its own unique safety risks, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict regulations related to each industry. The federal agency's quest is to prevent incidents of workplace injuries and fatalities. Unfortunately, regulations are sometimes disregarded -- often with catastrophic consequences. One such preventable workplace fatality occurred on a recent Wednesday when an employee of a California tree trimming company was killed at a work site.

Workplace accidents: Tuna plant fatality leads to $6M settlement

On-the-job accidents in California are not unusual as many workers are exposed to hazards while they are working in different industries. Unfortunately, a significant number of workplace accidents -- some of them fatal -- result from companies and supervising staff failing to comply with the safety regulations prescribed for each industry. One such a case of employer's negligence led to a criminal case in which a plea agreement was recently reached.

Workplace injuries: Aggravated swarm of bees cause worker's death

According to the safety regulations prescribed by the California division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employers must evaluate any worksite for safety hazards prior to commencement of work activities. Overlooking this important stipulation can have detrimental consequences as some hazards that may cause workplace injuries may not be visible. Cal-OSHA is investigating the death of a worker who was attacked by a swarm of bees.

Can third-party cases be filed along with workers' compensation?

California workers who have suffered workplace injuries that have caused a temporary disability naturally experience additional trauma due to their inability to provide financially for their families. Most workers know that they may not file personal lawsuits against their employers and that their only recourse for financial recovery is workers' compensation. This system typically only provides compensation for medical expenses and a percentage of lost wages. However, when workplace injuries were caused by a subcontractor or a driver who is not employed by the same company, third-party cases may be filed.

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