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January 2019 Archives

Can a competent person prevent construction workers' accidents?

Any construction site in California must have a so-called designated competent person, and a safety inspector could ask anyone on-site to identify that person. What qualifies a person to have this designation? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has no established standards for this, and it is up to the employer to choose an employee to play that role to prevent industrial or construction workers' accidents

Workplace accidents: Fatal fall at Amazon warehouse

The safety of workers at Amazon facilities has been the subject of many discussions in recent months. Workplace accidents at this company's warehouses have caused many injuries and even deaths nationwide. The most recent incident claimed a worker's life at a California facility.

Workplace accidents: Car falls from jack, crushes worker to death

Learning that a loved one suffered a fatal on-the-job injury is not something wished on anybody. Workplace accidents happen at any time, and a California family had to deal with such trauma as they greeted the New Year. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, they responded to a Sun Valley business after receiving an emergency call at about 8 a.m. on Dec. 31.

Workers' compensation will cover toluene-related injuries

While similar hazards may exist in all California workplaces, others are unique to particular industries. Many of the workers' compensation claims that are filed each year arose from exposure to hazardous chemicals. Safety authorities require employers to inform employees of the risks posed by chemicals with which they have to work, and employers must also provide the necessary personal protective equipment.

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