A 35-year-old forklift driver died in a tragic construction site accident on a recent Monday in Lafayette, California. According to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), the worker was employed by SiteOne Landscape Supply.
Employers must always be vigilant for the well-being of their workers, no matter how apparent the possible hazards. This is why the State of California's Occupation Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) is ready to help with any concerns about workplace safety.
If you work a physical job, you depend on the strength and dexterity of your hands, arms and legs to complete daily tasks. Suffering a serious work injury could leave you unable to continue to perform your job. In some cases, the reduced function of your limb will be a short-term issue. Once the bone, connective tissue or muscle has healed, you can return to work. In other cases with more severe injuries, you may never fully regain the same strength and range of motion that you once had. In these situations, you may find yourself unable to continue in the same line of work as before the accident.
Some Santa Ana jobs are clearly more dangerous than others. For example, you might be a construction worker who regularly scales great heights in unfinished buildings. You might be a machine shop laborer who is constantly in danger of getting his hands caught up in the machinery. Alternatively, you might be an accountant who operates a computer most the day and is comparatively safer, but an accountant can also get hurt on the job.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined a Sacramento Goodwill more than $100,000 after an employee's head was crushed between a trash compactor and a heavy metal bin in a tragic accident that was entirely preventable.
Construction workers face a number of serious hazards at their work. From large equipment and machinery to falls and scaffolding failures, there are a large number of ways to sustain very serious injuries. One of the most common sources of construction site injuries is actually falling objects. It is unfortunately common for machinery, supplies or building materials to come loose and fall. These objects can either strike a worker, causing traumatic damage, or destabilize a work site, leading to a serious fall or machinery issue. There are preventative steps that can reduce the risk of falling objects.
What types of safety hazards can exist in the workplace? Too often, workplace accidents in California could have been prevented with a few simple steps. If you and your employer are more aware of the types of potential accidents, you can keep everyone safe from industrial accidents or an unsafe working environment.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) has begun auditing the inspection records of Graniterock, one of California's longest standing construction companies, following the death and serious injury of two of their employees. The accident occurred on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, on Highway 17 near Scotts Valley in Santa Cruz.
If you have been injured on the job, or if a loved one passed due to a job-related accident, you are entitled to certain benefits from the State of California Department of Industrial Relations worker's compensation. Because of the complexity of the system and the process, you should retain a California worker's compensation attorney to help you file for worker's compensation.
Several laws recently went into effect on January 1, 2017. The following new legislation impacts the California workers' compensation system.