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September 2015 Archives

On-the-job injury leads to the death of San Francisco worker

Two California men are facing steep legal repercussions after a deadly workplace accident led to the discovery of safety code violations and other issues. The owner of a construction company and a foremen both plead not guilty to charges of manslaughter and code violations after a worker fell from scaffolding and died. It is believed that the on-the-job injury was the result of negligence on part of the business owner and foremen. 

Asbestos exposure may be grounds for workers' compensation claims

Recently, it has come to light that students and workers may have been exposed to asbestos at UC Davis. It is believed that unsafe practices in the Academic Technology Services Department may have led to the exposure, as many of the buildings were built at a time during which dangerous materials were commonly used in construction. Any time a worker contracts an illness related to work conditions or toxic exposure, it could be grounds for a workers' compensation claim. 

Construction worker fatally injured on the job after 40-foot fall

Fall accidents form a significant part of construction site fatalities that are reported nationwide, including in California. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict safety regulations pertaining to fall hazards, and employers must comply with it. Sadly, many workers are injured on the job because some construction company owners have little or no regard for the safety of workers, and safety violations often lead to workers' deaths.

Exposure to acid could lead to workers being injured on the job

Authorities are concerned about the ability of ExxonMobil to operate its aging Torrance refinery safely. An explosion at the plant in February was determined to have been caused by the company's failure to act on its knowledge of defective equipment that posed an explosion threat. The California division of the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration said the company left the known hazard unrepaired for almost ten years, exposing many workers to the potential of being injured on the job.

OSHA investigates 2 amputation work injury incidents at 1 site

California workers in industrial industries may not always be aware of the multitude of safety hazards they are exposed to every day. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently investigated a manufacturing plant in another state after two workers each suffered an amputation work injury. It is alarming that investigators found multiple safety violations and issued no less than 22 citations.

Too many workplace injuries and deaths are forklift-related

Forklift safety is a much-discussed subject in various industries. Not only are forklifts time-saving machines, they are also intended to prevent workplace injuries by doing the heavy lifting that can cause severe injuries to workers. Unfortunately, forklifts are not always used for their intended purpose, and basic safety regulations are often disregarded.

2 Workers injured on the job when scaffold tips over

Whenever workers across the country, including in California, have to work on or around scaffolds, they are at risk of suffering on-the-job injuries. Despite the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's strict regulations for the erection of scaffolds and the protection of employees on these structures, workers continue to be injured on the job. It is not uncommon for victims of scaffolding accidents to be severely injured or worse.

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