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Construction Workers' Accidents Archives

Construction workers' accidents: Second HSR incident in 4 months

Concern was expressed about the compliance with workplace safety regulations at the site of the high-speed rail project in California. Construction workers' accidents at these sites can have devastating consequences. Following an incident in which a rebar tower toppled over on an HSR site last November, an accident on a recent Tuesday afternoon caused catastrophic injuries to a 48-year-old construction worker.

Construction workers' accidents: Man saves sibling's life

The love of a construction worker for his younger brother was demonstrated on a job site in California on a recent Tuesday. The incident involved electricity, which is a hazard that causes many construction workers' accidents. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has launched an investigation into this nearly fatal event.

Construction workers' accidents: Scaffold collapse injures 3

Scaffolding poses numerous hazards to construction workers in California, and employers who fail to comply with prescribed safety regulations put the lives of their employees on the line. Many severe injuries have been suffered -- and lives lost -- in construction workers' accidents that were caused by unstable scaffolding structures. One such an incident in San Diego is currently under investigation.

TBI prevalent in construction workers' accidents despite hardhats

Employees in the construction industry in California are at a significant risk of suffering work-related traumatic brain injuries. Safety authorities say that construction, agriculture, transportation, fishing and forestry are the industries in which most occupational TBI fatalities occur. While hardhats provide some protection, they do not prevent all head injuries in construction workers' accidents.

The number of fatal construction workers' accidents alarming

Safety training is said to be one of the most important aspects in protecting workers on construction sites nationwide, including in California. Based on the data of construction workers' accidents released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this industry remains the most hazardous industry in the country. Statistic show that 937 construction workers died on the job in 2015.

Construction workers' accidents can be traumatic experiences

Construction sites in California pose a myriad of hidden dangers that can cause serious injuries. While there are many known safety hazards, unanticipated incidents are often reported. For that reason, risk assessment by knowledgeable professionals must continue throughout building projects. Unforeseen construction workers' accidents can have devastating consequences.

Heat exposure can lead to construction workers' accidents

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has no definite rules related to working in very hot conditions, but employers are responsible for the health and safety of employees. This includes protecting them from excessive heat exposure. One of the first signs of heat illness is dizziness, which can cause devastating construction workers' accidents within in moments.

Spinal injuries may require temporary disability claim

Falls are one of the most common and devastating construction worker injuries. Workers in California and across the country are trained to wear protective gear and use extra precaution when working at great heights. Someone falling from a scaffold or platform risks injuries such as head trauma, broken bones and spinal fractures. Any of those injuries may mean losing time on the job and seeking financial relief for temporary disability to cover basic living expenses.

Cal/OSHA reviews policies after construction workers' accidents

California's branch of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has long warned contractors about the dangers of sending workers into confined spaces without proper permits and safety precautions. Construction workers' accidents in confined spaces frequently make for difficult rescue operations because there is often only one opening. The main concern for workers in confined spaces is the risk of air contamination because of poor ventilation.

Construction workers' accidents change lives in an instant

When accidents occur at California construction sites, they often happen so quickly that rescuers can do little to help. Heavy equipment used at great heights may combine to create a deadly situation if things go wrong. For safety advocates, the investigation of construction workers' accidents is primarily to prevent future accidents from occurring. Authorities are likely investigating a recent accident at a bridge project in another state to determine the causes and correct the situation.

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