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Workplace Accidents Archives

Workers' compensation claim might follow heat-related death

With record highs in California temperatures this month, all outdoor workers are at risk of suffering heat exhaustion. The surviving family members of a 63-year-old postal worker whose death might have been heat-related will likely seek financial assistance through the workers' compensation insurance program of the state. Reportedly, the woman worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 28 years.

Workplace accidents: Female plumber dies in freak accident

A 34-year-old woman who was one of only a few female plumbers working for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission lost her life in an unusual incident on a recent Wednesday afternoon. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has launched an investigation, as it does in all fatal workplace accidents. Sadly, the woman's daughter, who is not even three years old yet, now has to adjust to life without her mother.

Workplace accidents: Tree trimmer falls 30 feet to his death

Investigators of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health are looking into the death of a tree trimmer in Palo Alto. Although the agency investigates all fatal workplace accidents, those in which the deceased employees worked alone are more challenging because no other workers were around to witness the incidents. Investigators will have to piece together the evidence found on the scene and statements from residents who might have witnessed the fall.

Workplace accidents: Tiller crushes vineyard worker to death

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has launched an investigation into the death of a vineyard worker in Sonoma County. Agricultural workers face many life-threatening hazards, and a large number of farm workers die in workplace accidents every year. Reportedly, this incident involved a tractor and mower equipment.

Overconfidence and shortcuts can cause workplace accidents

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health prescribes safety regulations to deal with just about any work-related hazard an employee in any industry might encounter. However, many dangers are brought about by human nature rather than safety violations. Employees may not even realize how they could be their own worst enemies and put their own lives in danger. Workplace accidents can happen despite compliance with specific safety regulations.

Workplace accidents: Assistant electrician suffers electrocution

Following the sad news of the death of a Modesto city employee, a spokesperson for the city manager's office said this appears to be the first on-the-job fatality of a city employee. Although the city will conduct an investigation, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health will launch a separate inquiry to determine the cause of the worker's death, as it does after all fatal workplace accidents in the state. The deceased man was a 30-year-old maintenance worker.

Abandoned well causes landscaper's temporary disability

When a California landscaper recently disappeared from where he was doing landscaping, others thought he was napping -- it was in the early afternoon. However, some became aware of his calls for help later and discovered that he had tumbled down a well the existence of which was unknown. Rescuers from Santa Barbara County Fire Department rushed to the scene shortly after 3 p.m. to rescue the man, who is happy to be alive, although he has to deal with a temporary disability due to a fractured leg.

Workplace accidents: High-voltage electricity kills tree trimmer

Employees of landscaping companies in California often put their lives on the line. Not only do tree trimmers work at dangerous heights, but they are also exposed to the hazards posed by equipment such as chainsaws, wood chippers and other machines. Employers must prevent workplace accidents by protecting the health and safety of employees, and an essential part of that responsibility is providing adequate safety training.

Workplace accidents: Unguarded wood chipper kills tree worker

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health prescribes strict safety rules for the tree services industry. Wood chippers are a significant threat to the safety of tree trimmers. The Department of Industrial Relations says workplace accidents linked to wood chippers within the state since 2012 caused one fatality and four serious injuries.

Cal/OSHA: Insect hazards known for causing workplace accidents

Losing loved ones due to fatal on-the-job injuries will always be traumatic experiences, regardless of citations and penalties issued to negligent employers. Following a recent report of citations totaling over $40,000 that were issued to a California date producing company, the sister of the deceased worker said that, although it will not bring her brother back, it might prevent similar tragedies. Safety authorities maintain that most fatal workplace accidents are preventable by complying with safety regulations.

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