Last year's Butte County fire was one of the deadliest fires in California history. Although the final flames have long been extinguished, it continues to claim lives. A 57-year-old worker died while clearing dried brush and debris left behind by the devastating fire. His family will likely be one of many who have relied upon the California workers' compensation system to provide financial assistance after a loved one's work-related death.
Retail workers are the face of the business. They interact with the customers and handle the merchandise. While this might seem like a safe industry, there are some serious risks. Employers need to take steps to ensure that their employees have a safe working environment. Employees should have the tools and protocol that helps them to remain injury free.
Workers on almost all California job sites are exposed to hazardous chemicals. Whether they manufacture chemicals or use it for cleaning, exposure can cause bodily harm. For this reason, employers must ensure that workers are aware of the hazards posed by the chemicals with which they work and practice safe storage and labeling protocols. A significant number of workers' compensation claims result from harm caused by toxic chemicals.
California has strict liability laws when it comes to dog bites. It makes dog owners responsible for any dog bites to lawful visitors to the property where the dog is held, or in a public place. Anyone who is bitten by a dog under such circumstances can file a personal injury lawsuit against the dog owner. The victim is not required to prove the owner knew that the dog could be dangerous.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health recently launched an investigation into a fatal workplace accident that claimed the life of a construction worker. This was one of the many fatalities that often lead to workers' compensation survivor's benefits claims that follow forklift accidents. The dangers posed by lift trucks do not always receive the necessary attention during safety training.