According to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, confined spaces are some of the most hazardous threats that workers face. The agency prescribes strict safety standards to prevent workplace accidents. One of the most significant risks in these spaces is the lack of oxygen and the presence of deadly gases like carbon monoxide.
When a life is lost in a work-related accident, the surviving family members are typically eligible for death benefits through the state-regulated insurance system. The California workers' compensation program pays survivors' benefits to help families cope with the expenses related to end-of-life arrangements. A financial package might be included to cover day-to-day living expenses and financial obligations like rental or mortgage.
Many questions have been asked about employee safety at Tesla plants over recent years. The subject of the company's compliance with state and federal safety standards is in the news once again after it offered an injured worker a settlement of $13 million in a civil suit. Although the California workers' compensation is typically the only recourse for workplace accident victims, certain circumstances allow them to file third-party cases in a civil court.
On April 11, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health was informed about a crane collapse that caused a 53-year-old construction worker's death. This was the first of two fatal workplace accidents to which the safety agency was called during a two-week period. The second fatality occurred on Thursday, April 25.
Employees in some industries in California and elsewhere might be wise to take extra precautions when it comes to on-the-job safety. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports fatal workplace accidents nationwide in 2017 claimed 43 fewer lives than in the previous year. The number of occupational deaths in California remained the same as in 2016.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health recently cited a ceramics manufacturer and proposed penalties exceeding $250,000. Investigators concluded that the employer committed willful violations that led to the death of a worker. The safety agency says that full compliance with prescribed standards can prevent workplace accidents and save lives.
California victims of work-related injuries are typically entitled to workers' compensation benefits. The same applies to the surviving family members of employees who suffered fatal on-the-job injuries. However, the state-regulated insurance program typically pays benefits that are limited to medical expenses or end-of-life costs along with a portion of lost wages. Third-party cases could be filed if the injury or death resulted from the negligence of third parties not linked to the same employer. In those circumstances additional financial relief might be obtained through the civil justice system.
Working on and around tractors pose multiple hazards on farms and any other industrial facilities where these vehicles are used. California employers are responsible for the safety and health of their employees, and this responsibility includes providing adequate safety training and ensuring that only qualified operators use these vehicles. Unfortunately, not all employees receive the necessary protection, and preventable workplace accidents happen.
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.
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.