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Workers' compensation benefits could cover psychological injuries

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has strict regulations related to working at heights, and compliance can save many lives. Many workers' compensation claims are filed each year by fall accident victims that were not wearing fall harnesses. A securely anchored safety harness can arrest a fall before the victim strikes a lower level, and providing the worker is not left suspended for too long, he or she might walk away unscathed.

Workers' compensation: Struck-by incident kills steel worker

Occupational hazards exist in all industries, and often the only way to avoid injuries and fatalities is by absolute compliance with safety regulations. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health reported that it is investigating an industrial accident that occurred at a steel fabrication company in Spring Valley. This incident claimed the life of one employee, and a workers' compensation claim for death benefits will likely follow.

Workers' compensation: Hearing loss claim could be challenging

Federal safety authorities say millions of workers nationwide, including some in California, are exposed to excessive occupational noise every year. While there are strict limits to the decibel levels that are allowed and the hours of exposure, not all employers comply with the safety regulations. Those could also be the employers who might want to prevent affected workers from claiming workers' compensation benefits for employees who suffered occupational hearing loss.

Workers' compensation claims for HAVS might be challenging

Employees in the landscaping industry in California face multiple safety hazards, one of which is the frequently overlooked threat of hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). This occupational hazard threatens workers in all occupations in which they use vibrating power tools such as chain saws, grinders, drills and jackhammers. If HAVS are not treated timely and left to develop fully, the harm will be irreversible because there is no surgical procedure or other cure for it. If HAVS can be proved to be work-related, affected employees might be eligible for workers' compensation benefits.

Workers' compensation: DUI driver crashes into construction zone

Workers in construction zones on California roads face multiple occupational hazards. Along with the dangerous nature of their work, and the heavy equipment on the work site, these workers have to deal with the threats posed by negligent drivers who travel through the work zone. Many workers' compensation claims involve injuries caused by distracted, impaired or otherwise careless drivers.

Chemical exposure victims might file workers' compensation claims

Exposure to hazardous chemicals can have severe consequences. Workers' compensation claims in California frequently follow such exposure, and victims might suffer long-term health effects. At least 40 people were affected by an unknown chemical hazard in Los Angeles County. The incident occurred at a facility that manufactures specialty defense industry and aerospace products.

Workers' compensation benefits denied for firefighter with cancer

The fact that firefighters can develop cancer as a result of their employment has been established. Under California laws, the state's workers' compensation insurance program regards cancer as a compensable work-related disease for firefighters. However, most such claims are said to be initially denied.

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.

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