July 2018 Archives

Workers' compensation: Forklift driver dies in construction zone

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health will likely launch an inquiry into the death of a construction worker in Pomona. The agency typically investigates fatal workplace accidents to determine whether there were safety violations committed. However, regardless of the findings of such an inquiry, the surviving family members of a deceased worker can pursue financial assistance through the workers' compensation insurance system.

Workers' compensation: Tractor kills young worker in California

Many young workers enter the construction industry every summer. For some, it is the start of a career, and for others, it might be a summer job. Sadly, lack of experience and inadequate safety training cause many injuries and even fatalities among young workers in California. Fortunately, the workers' compensation system can provide some level of financial assistance for workplace accident victims and surviving family members of those killed while working.

Workers' compensation benefits for longshoreman

Forklifts are dangerous pieces of equipment in any work environment. Many workers' compensation claims involving forklift-related accidents are filed every year. Following the January death of an international marine cargo handler employee, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health proposed penalties exceeding $200,000 and issued six citations for serious and willful safety violations.

Workers' compensation claims will follow wildfires

As massive wildfires threaten lives and properties across California, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health reminded employers of the hazards posed by wildfire smoke. All workers in areas where smoke is present are at risk. Wildfire smoke contains tiny particles, gases and chemicals that can cause severe harm to the health of anyone who is exposed. Many workers' compensation claims typically follow the fire season every year.

Falls from heights cause high workers' compensation claims

The National Safety Council says number two on the list of primary causes of work-related deaths is fall accidents from heights. Nationwide, including California, approximately 10,000 construction workers suffer fall-related injuries every year, bringing about some of the highest valued workers' compensation benefits claims. However, it is not only those working on scaffolding structures that are at risk because more than 50,000 struck-by-falling-object injuries are recorded each year, indicating that workers below elevated levels are also at high risk.

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