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Worker suffers workplace injuries when catwalk breaks

Although California workers are exposed to various types of injuries, falls are reported to form a significant percentage of recorded accidents. Employees of companies at which worker safety is not regarded as a priority can be at a huge disadvantage. Those who have to work at heights without appropriate personal protection equipment will be at risk of suffering workplace injuries that can cause disabilities or even deaths.

An employee at a wastewater treatment plant in Tuolumne County was the victim of an accident earlier this month. Very little information about the incident is available, but it was reported that the worker fell approximately 25 or 30 feet when the catwalk on which he was standing broke. However, the general manager of the Tuolumne Utilities District said there is no reason to suspect that safety violations caused the workplace accident.

It was reported that the California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was informed about the accident. The TUD announced that an independent investigation was also launched. It was reported that the circumstances in which the injured worker was discovered will form part of the investigation.

Fall injuries, regardless of the height, can have severe consequences. Injured California workers are entitled to pursue workers' compensation benefits to assist them in settling medical bills and coping with living expenses while they are recuperating. If workplace injuries are suffered that lead to temporary or permanent disabilities, the insurance program may consider additional compensation. Also, in some cases, training will be provided to equip workplace accident victims with new skills to allow them the opportunities for different occupations that will accommodate their physical challenges.

Source: uniondemocrat.com, "TUD worker injured in catwalk fall", Guy Mccarthy, Nov. 27, 2015

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