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Workplace Accidents Archives

Fatal workplace accidents prevalent despite strict safety rules

Workers in the oil and gas industry in California and other states frequently put their lives on the line. Fatal workplace accidents continue to happen at oil wells despite the strict safety regulations with which employers must comply. Such an incident claimed the life of an employee in another state on a recent Monday afternoon.

Third-party cases: Vehicle kills security guard at FedEx center

The vehicular activity at distribution centers such as those operated by FedEx can be dangerous. This was underscored when a man lost his life at one of the company's distribution centers in California. Third-party cases such a this one in which injury or death is caused by the negligence of someone not linked to the victim's employer often end up in civil court.

Workplace accidents involving tree workers alarmingly prevalent

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says logging ranks near the top of the list of hazardous occupations nationwide. With the lingering drought in California that has killed more than 100 million trees along with the results of recent wildfires, tree removal crews from all over the country have come to work here. Sadly, several lives have been lost in workplace accidents in the process.

Workplace accidents that cause amputations are devastating

It is difficult to understand how employers can knowingly expose their employees to hazards that can cause life-changing injuries. Workplace accidents that cause amputation injuries because business owners do not want to spend money on safety devices are unacceptable. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health recently reported that it had completed an investigation into a January incident when an on-the-job accident caused a worker to lose three fingers.

Workplace accidents: Forklift risks underscored by worker's death

Business owners in California are responsible for the health and safety of their employees. Safety training must be provided to all workers to ensure the prevention of workplace accidents. Furthermore, those who are tasked with operating dangerous equipment such as forklifts must be properly qualified to do so, and even then, they must comply with safety regulations.

Workplace accidents involving explosives can be devastating

Summer is not the only time when people across the country celebrate with fireworks. New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year, weddings and baseball games may incorporate fireworks displays to the surprise and delight of many. However, the personal possession and use of fireworks is carefully limited by California law and with good reason. Fireworks can be dangerous, even deadly, to untrained users, and even the most careful handlers of the explosives may end up seriously injured or worse. Those who handle fireworks for a living are constantly at risk for workplace accidents.

Cal/OSHA proposes rules for workplace accidents involving heat

California lawmakers often lead the way when it comes to enacting safety measures. Recently they continued the trend by acknowledging growing concerns regarding heat-related workplace accidents. While protocol for the prevention of heat-related illnesses and injuries has been in place for over a decade, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has not been successful in implementing similar policies for indoor workers. However, Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a measure to address this deficiency.

Logging sees more workplace accidents than other jobs

While it is not a contest many would like to win, loggers have once more made the top of the list of the most dangerous occupations, according to the latest report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries shows that 132.7 loggers die in workplace accidents for every 100,000 full-time workers in country, drastically higher than the national average of 3.4. The families of many California loggers understand the risks they take, but it does not make it easier to bear when a tragedy occurs.

Project site of many workplace accidents, including fatal fall

Many construction accidents have tragic endings, so hearing that an accident could have been prevented stirs many emotions. California workplace accidents are investigated to learn how to avoid such accidents in the future. Nevertheless, if employees are not trained to implement basic safety precautions, workplace accidents will continue to bring heartache to families and co-workers.

Third-party cases may involve manufacturers of faulty scaffolding

Workers in California often depend on their equipment, not just to get the job done, but to provide a safe and reliable way to accomplish their tasks. When a job places a worker in harm's way, that worker does not want to worry that equipment will fail at the worst possible moment. However, these kinds of accidents happen all too often, prompting third-party cases that seek remuneration beyond workers' compensation.

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