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September 2014 Archives

Lumber company fined for violations that risk work injury

A lumber and mulch company recently received an $85,000 fine for health and safety hazards discovered at their facility that could lead to a work injury. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the citation following a series of investigations that found a total of 44 regulation violations. Unsafe work environments can place California employees at a high risk for work injury that can inflict painful bodily damage and long term disability.

OSHA increases regulation on on-the-job injury reporting

Workplace safety regulators create the rules that employers need to follow in order to maintain a safe work environment for employees. However, in response to the large number of workplace deaths and injuries in California and other states the Occupational Health and Safety Administration is tightening up its safety regulations. The changes in policy have to do with when employers are required to report on-the-job injury incidences.

Workers' compensation may be needed for California contractor

Many families rely on income earned through manual labor as a contractor. When a bread-winner suffers an injury or death while on a job, workers' compensation may be necessary to help provide lost income and accrued expenses for the family. Business operators for a California renovation company were recently ordered to appear in court after being charged for lacking workers' compensation coverage and for insurance fraud following an accident on their property.

Preventing workplace injuries by increasing farm safety

Agriculture is a vital part of the American economy, as well as the economy of California. Working farms are important, but employees are often subjected to a higher risk of workplace injuries. By enforcing safety standards and regulations, farms can lower the risk of workplace injuries and in turn, increase productivity.

Workers' compensation rights and informal employees

In the state of California, there are a growing number of workers who are considered to be "informal employees." It is estimated that as many as one in six workers fall into this category, and it raises concerns regarding workers' compensation benefits for these workers. Particularly in the construction industry, workers' compensation benefits are especially important, including for workers who are unreported or undocumented.

Man injured on the job and killed after trash truck accident

A California man was injured on the job and died from his injuries after he was run over by a trash truck. He was employed by the Department of Public Works in San Francisco as part of an agreement with the state in order to receive welfare benefits. The man was injured on the job by a fellow employee as they were on their normal trash collecting route.

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