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January 2014 Archives

California man injured on the job while using forklift

Taking care when operating machinery should always be top priority for those in the industrial industry. If a malfunction occurs or equipment is used in an inappropriate manner, a serious accident could take place and an employee could be injured on the job. When injuries are suffered in a workplace accident, an employee may have to take time off work to recover.

3 injured California workers may not get workers' compensation

Recently, scaffolding fell apart at a construction site in a California neighborhood. Three workers fell and two of them suffered catastrophic injuries. To make matters worse, the workers are not believed to have been working for a contractor, and the homeowner had not obtained a construction permit for the job. What this means is that the injured workers may not qualify for workers' compensation benefits relating to their injuries.

California worker struck by tractor, fatally injured on the job

A workplace accident may present a very difficult situation, particularly if it results in serious injury or death. Families are often left devastated, not just emotionally, but financially in the months and even years following their loss. Recently, a California man was fatally injured on the job when he was ejected from the seat of his tractor and then run over. In the wake of his death, his loved ones likely feel uncertain about their future.

California employees suffer workplace injuries

A horrific explosion occurred while employees were on the job at a biotechnology company. Three employees suffered workplace injuries, and two of them required medical treatment. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has become involved in this matter.

Workers injured on the job in explosion

Two California workers have been injured on the job after an explosion at a hazardous-waste disposal facility. This is the second explosion at the facility; in the first, one worker was injured on the job. Following the first explosion, the facility received a citation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Construction worker suffers fatal on-the-job injury after fall

As any California construction worker knows, many risks come with the job. There are numerous hazards at construction sites that workers face on a day-to-day basis. Those who work on scaffolding high above the ground are especially vulnerable to serious or even fatal on-the-job injury. Sadly, a construction worker here on the West Coast recently died after falling approximately 50 feet as he was attempting to move to another part of the scaffolding at a building site.

Will regulatory changes reduce workplace injuries in refineries?

In the aftermath of the Chevron refinery fire in Aug. 2012, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) conducted an investigation into the incident. As part of that investigation, the CSB is making recommendations to change California's regulatory system as it pertains to refineries. The proposed approach is aimed at reducing workplace injuries as well as injuries to the public.

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