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May 2015 Archives

OSHA completes probe into window washer's workplace injury

Following up on a blog post from December 30 about a window washer who miraculously survived an 11-story fall ("Workplace injury brings hardship for window washer, family"), the California Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health has completed its investigation into the workplace accident. This incident occurred on November 21, 2014. Cal/OSHA determined that the window cleaning company was responsible for this man's catastrophic workplace injury and proposed $12,765 in penalties relating to five safety violations.

Workplace injury incidents to nurses continue despite 2004 law

California nurses are exposed to many safety hazards as they go about their daily tasks in hospital environments. In addition to being exposed to infectious diseases, nurses often suffer on-the-job injuries that are caused by falls and patient handling. In 2004, a law came into effect that intended to reduce the workplace injury incidents in nurses, and recent studies revealed that there has been a significant drop in reported injuries.

Workplace injury follows worker's leg trapped in silo auger

Strict safety regulations are prescribed by the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. However, some workers have to carry out tasks that may put them in potentially life-threatening conditions. Every worker in California has the right to a safe workplace environment without known hazards that could lead to a life-threatening workplace injury. The swift response of firefighters in a potentially life-threatening situation recently saved a worker's life.

Tuna company criminally charged after fatal industrial accident

Following the tragic death of a California worker at a tuna processing plant in 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company in 2013 for safety violations that led to the death of a worker. However, that was not the end of it, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney recently reported that criminal charges were filed against the company and two of its employees. The charges are related to an allegedly willful violation of safety regulations that led to the fatal industrial accident.

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