April 2019 Archives

Workers' compensation claims for confined space-related injuries

California employees in various industries face the risks posed by confined spaces. It is an occupational hazard that leads to numerous workers' compensation claims each year. It is crucial for both workers and employers to understand when a space qualifies as confined and which of those areas must be regarded as permit-required spaces.

Workers' compensation available for family of crushed worker

Last October, a Northern California family lost a loved one in a preventable workplace accident. Although workers' compensation benefits can ease the financial consequences of such a tragedy, it can never make up for the family's loss. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health says both the farm labor contractor who placed the worker and the walnut shelling plant owner failed to comply with safety standards.

Paraprofessionals deserve a safe workplace

In order to function properly and provide students with the learning experience they deserve, schools need a complete team to help the kids. Paraprofessionals are an important part of this team, but they are often overlooked when it comes to the implementation of safety protocol.

Workers' compensation can help after debilitating injuries

Employees in industrial facilities in California are typically exposed to the hazards posed by heavy machinery and equipment. A significant percentage of workers' compensation claims filed by factory workers involve injuries caused by machinery. However, more injuries are caused by the unsafe operation of equipment rather than by the machines. Although machines are invaluable in the manufacturing industry, it is up to employers to ensure that employees receive proper operation and safety training.

Workers' compensation benefits crucial for EMS workers

Emergency medical workers, police officers and firefighters in California and across the country, see destruction, death and other emergencies every day. The typical person can become overwhelmed by stress just because of unpaid bills, relationship problems or other personal issues. Multiply that stress level by 100 to even start to understand the stress experienced by emergency services workers; as such, it is crucial for them to receive all applicable benefits under state-regulated workers' compensation laws when needed.

Workers' compensation benefits can assist after workplace death

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health reported that an investigation was launched into the death of a construction worker in Sacramento. Although the surviving family members can seek financial assistance through the state-regulated workers' compensation system, it will likely be a challenge to cope with such a tragic loss. The county coroner's office is also investigating the worker's death.

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