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Claim workers' compensation death benefits for your family

It is always tragic when a loved one dies due to injuries suffered in a workplace accident. In many cases, these accidents could have been prevented with better safety practices or more training for workers. After the work-related death of a loved one, California families are often left wondering how they will support themselves and what they need to do to claim workers' compensation death benefits. 

California farmers have a higher risk of workplace injuries

A new study shows that farmers in California have a higher chance of sustaining injuries due to heat exposure. Because of the heat and humidity in the state, farmers and agricultural workers are exposed to temperatures that can reach 100 degrees and beyond, increasing the risk of workplace injuries and illnesses. In fact, farmers die while working in the heat every year, but these deaths are rarely classified as heat-related.

Indoor workers susceptible to heat-related workplace injuries

Heat exposure is a common workplace hazard in California, but it is not just a problem for outdoor workers. Recently, an appeals board upheld citations given by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration against two employers for failing to protect indoor workers from workplace injuries related to heat hazards. The citations stemmed from an incident during which a worker was exposed to extremely high temperatures and was eventually hospitalized with heat stroke.

Man succumbs to fatal workplace injuries after forklift accident

Workers in the industrial sector in California are exposed to a variety of dangerous situations every day. One of the hazards that has been linked to thousands of workplace injuries and deaths is the forklift. Federal regulators expect company owners to ensure that only properly trained workers operate forklifts, and they are also expected to provide regular safety training to those who operate the machines and those who work in the vicinity of forklifts.

Workers remain exposed to workplace injuries after OSHA citations

A high percentage of workplace injuries nationwide, including in California, are caused by reckless disregard for federal safety regulations by company owners. After a Sept. 2014 inspection at a business in another state, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently carried out a follow-up inspection in an effort to prevent workplace injuries. This was done because the company failed to submit proof of corrections for previously cited safety hazards.

Workers' compensation for illness caused by pesticide exposure

California workers who are employed in the agriculture industry are at a high risk for exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals often used in this particular line of work. A study has found that agricultural workers are much more likely to suffer from injuries and illness related to pesticide use, which is no surprise. What may be surprising to some readers is the fact that an illness caused by work conditions is grounds for a workers' compensation claim. 

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