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Injured on the job? Workplace hazards may be to blame.

California workers know that job safety is tantamount to the health and well-being of all workers. When workers are not properly trained or when employers do not take steps to enact safety measures, the risk of workplace injuries increases. Fortunately, those who are injured on the job have the right to seek compensation for their medical expenses and lost wages. 

One of the leading causes of workplace injuries is the lack of fall protection measures. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that fall protection violations actually top the list of safety violations. Those who work on scaffolding or work from certain heights should be properly trained and outfitted with safety equipment, which may include helmets and harnesses.

Failure to communicate with workers regarding job hazards is one of the other leading causes of safety violations. Lack of respiratory protection, industrial trucks and electrical wiring methods are also included in OSHA's list of common safety violations. California workers should note that no matter what caused a workplace accident, it is probable that injured employees could claim benefits through workers' compensation insurance provided by the employer. 

When a worker is injured on the job, it can be difficult to claim rightful recompense. Employers may dispute a claim or the amount granted may not actually cover the expenses incurred from the accident. No matter what the circumstances may be, it can be useful to seek the assistance of a lawyer who is experienced in workers' compensation claims. A qualified lawyer can provide assistance and protect the rights of injured workers. 

Source: inddist.com, "Fall Protections, Hazard Communications Top List Of Workplace Safety Violations", Andy Szal, Sept. 29, 2015

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