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August 2015 Archives

Workplace injuries: Chicken plant now in Severe Violator program

Disregard of worker safety by California employers is unacceptable. Unfortunately, there are times when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reveals the results of inspections at companies where workers are exposed to unsafe working environments for years and workplace injuries are common. OSHA recently declared one such a company in another state as a severe violator.

Workers' compensation death benefits can assist grieving families

The cause and circumstances of deaths in some workplace accidents in California and elsewhere are not immediately evident, and can only be determined after a thorough investigation. However, an investigation can take months, and the surviving dependents of the deceased worker often have to settle end-of-life costs soon after the death. Financial assistance with obligations such as rent or mortgage and daily living expenses are also ongoing regardless of when the accident investigation is completed. Fortunately, covered dependents will typically be eligible for death benefits from the workers' compensation insurance fund.

Work injury: Utility company worker suffers electrical shock

Owners of construction companies in California must comply with all the safety regulations as prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. According to the regulations, construction sites must be evaluated for safety hazards prior to project commencement. If a project includes underground work, utility companies typically must be approached to point out gas or electricity line locations to avoid a work injury.

Injured on the job? Chemical exposure shows link to breast cancer

Workers in California may be interested in a review of studies done on the effects of exposure to harmful chemicals in the workplace. The review concentrates on female workers and the occupational links to breast cancer. While the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration enforces many safety regulations to prevent workers from being injured on the job, some believe that not enough regulations exist to control exposure to toxic substances.

Zip line company employee injured on the job

Suffering injuries on the job in California can cause not only physical challenges but also anxiety if a person is unable to return to work to earn a living for a time. One individual recently faced this scenario after he fell from a platform while working for a zip line company. The man was quickly taken to the hospital after being injured on the job.

Fatal on-the-job injury leads to prison sentence

A devastating California construction accident that occurred in January of 2012 has ultimately concluded in a 2-year prison sentence each for the company owner and project manager. The two men, ages 57 and 37, were found guilty of involuntary manslaughter by a Santa Clara County Superior Court jury in May. The case involved a fatal on-the-job injury suffered by a 59-year-old father of three when he was crushed by an unsupported wall that collapsed onto him.

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