June 2019 Archives

Workers' compensation claims might follow building collapse

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health reported that an investigation was launched into an incident that sent four construction workers to the hospital. Reportedly, the injuries were caused by the partial collapse of a building under construction. Although nobody suffered life-threatening injuries, workers' compensation claims are likely to follow.

Forklift accidents lead to many workers' compensation claims

During the recent National Forklift Safety Day, safety authorities nationwide urged employers in California and other states to review their safety programs and modify them where necessary. Many workers' compensation claims involve workers who were on foot when they were injured in forklift accidents. For this reason, safety training for pedestrians in manufacturing facilities, warehouses and fulfillment or distribution centers is crucial.

Will workers' compensation cover repetitive stress injuries?

Work-related injuries come in many forms, some more difficult to recognize and diagnose than others. Sometimes, a worker may worry that their injury does not qualify for workers' compensation coverage because it is a cumulative injury and did not occur all at one time. Repetitive stress injuries are some of the most common, and it is not always clear if an employee should cover them.

Workers' compensation: What is the role of a "competent person?"

Safety authorities in California and other states will use the third week in June to focus on trench safety. A significant number of workers' compensation claims each year result from excavation-related injuries and fatalities. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration notes that cave-ins can be prevented.

Cal/OSHA penalties are separate from workers' compensation

Last October, a 49-year-old worker in a Napa vineyard lost his life in an on-the-job accident. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health investigated the incident, and in April, the agency proposed penalties totaling almost $38,000 for safety violations. However, the Cal/OSHA Bureau of Investigations has reportedly taken over the inquiry after the vineyard owners file an appeal against the proposed penalties. This does not have an impact on any workers' compensation claim that the surviving family members of the deceased worker might have filed.

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