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June 2016 Archives

Workplace injuries may cause longer absences in older workers

When occupational injuries suffered by older workers are discussed, it is not the frequency or the number of injuries that causes concern. Workplace injuries in the 55 and older age group are less common than in younger workers. However, they seem to have more serious consequences that require longer periods of recuperation. Approximately one in five workers in the nationwide workforce, including California, are currently older workers, and it is likely their extensive experience that protects them from suffering more injuries than younger workers.

Construction workers' accidents: Bridge worker died in fall

Construction company owners nationwide, including in California, have many safety regulations with which to comply. Disregarding even one safety measure can cause devastating construction workers' accidents. After a worker recently fell to his death, his employer said the company has numerous safety precautions in place. Unfortunately, this man may have lost his life because one of those many precautions was disregarded.

Workplace accidents: Forklift accident kills mushroom farm worker

In any environment in which forklifts are operated, special care must be taken. California company owners must provide adequate safety training to the operators of forklifts. Fatalities in workplace accidents involving forklifts are not uncommon, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently investigating a tragic accident that claimed the life of a worker in another state.

Workplace accidents: Contract worker crushed by steel support

The California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a tragic death that occurred on the site at which a BottleRock music concert recently took place. The person who lost his life was an employee of a company that was contracted to dismantle the equipment after the event. According to Cal/OSHA, the agency had investigated two previous workplace accidents in 2005 and 2008 in which employees of this contracting company had suffered amputation injuries.

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