Employers in California are responsible for the safety and health of employees. Safety protocols must be established, and supervisors must monitor employees to ensure compliance with the rules. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health provides comprehensive safety guidelines and regulations, and compliance can prevent workplace injuries. Potentially hazardous tasks must be appropriately planned to mitigate injury risks.
An example of workplace injuries that might be found to have been preventable occurred in Contra Costa County on a recent Tuesday. According to an incident report, ConFire received an emergency call shortly after 3:30 p.m. about a workplace accident. Firefighters responded to the location to find three injured workers. It was determined that falling stones caused their injuries.
The most severely injured worker was a 30-year-old man whose injuries were described by the paramedics as traumatic. Two of his co-workers were also injured. In a separate incident, while others were working to move the fallen stones with the help of a forklift, another worker's foot was injured. All the injured workers were transported to a medical center.
Workplace injuries that cause lost work hours and medical expenses can ruin anyone's financial stability. Fortunately, the California workers' compensation insurance system provides financial assistance to victims of work-related accidents. An attorney who is experienced in this field can assist with the claims process in pursuit of maximum compensation. The benefits typically cover medical expenses and a portion of lost wages, and those whose injuries caused permanent partial or total disabilities might be eligible for additional benefits.