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Top 3 things you should know about workers' comp

Getting injured on the job can be a stressful, overwhelming experience. Dealing with possible surgeries, healing and taking time to recover so that you can return to work can be hampered by the stress of dealing with workers' compensation claims, seemingly endless paperwork and phone calls and the headache of dealing with insurance companies. Needless to say, getting hurt on the job can send your life into a whirlwind of chaos.

Injuries can hit all kinds of workers, from aerospace engineers to construction workers , truck drivers, supermarket employees and automotive factory workers. Wherever you work, here are three things to keep in mind if you are ever faced with a job injury.

OSHA investigates accident that caused fatal workplace injuries

Because almost all jobs hold some degree of risk, California requires employers to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage for all employees. These benefits provide financial help if someone suffers workplace injuries. Unfortunately, such injuries recently resulted in the death of an out-of-state man and prompted an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The accident happened at a NAPA warehouse that is closed. Three employees were at the warehouse to cut out metal shelves still in the warehouse. Reports indicate that as one of the workers carried oxygen tanks for their torches, a forklift rolled forward, pinning the man against a pickup truck. While the pickup truck is owned by the man's employer, it is unclear who owns the forklift.

Construction accidents: Man killed by falling debris

While all jobs in California hold some degree of risk to a worker's personal safety, some are riskier than others. For example, construction accidents can be caused by a variety of safety risks, including falls, electrocution and possible harm due to the heavy equipment used. Unfortunately, one out-of-state family is now likely wondering what -- if anything -- could have prevented an accident that resulted in their loved one's death.

The accident happened one day in mid-August at an excavation site. The 49-year-old victim was working at G & F Septic. According the reports, he was injured when material from the excavation fell out of a trailer and struck him.

Worker dies from toxic exposure using common paint stripper

Some jobs require the use of caustic chemicals. Employers in California who supervise workers doing these jobs have an obligation to follow specific guidelines for the safety of their employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration frequently issues warnings and guidelines to prevent toxic exposure on the job.

Recently a man doing temporary work was stripping paint from a bathtub in an apartment building. The bathroom was small, and the worker had opened the window slightly to allow air to circulate. However, the high levels of the methylene chloride in the paint stripper in such a confined space overcame the man, and he was rendered unconscious. When he was discovered two hours later, he had already died from the poisonous fumes.

Workers' compensation benefits for financial relief after injury

While almost every industry poses certain levels of risk and danger to employees, some are more perilous than others. By using data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a list of the most dangerous jobs nationwide was recently published. California employees in these industries will likely find comfort in knowing that the state's workers' compensation insurance program will provide financial assistance in the event of workplace injuries..

Among the most at-risk workers are firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians and hospital workers. Other industries rated extremely hazardous include construction because of the heavy equipment typically used, along with the dangers of working at heights. Records show that this industry tops the rate of injuries and fatalities.

Construction accidents: Flagger struck by car dies

Those who work road construction in California likely encounter others who are not as concerned about worker safety as they should be. Drivers who are distracted or fail to heed signs warning about upcoming repairs can cause construction accidents with serious consequences. One out-of-state family is familiar with this possibility after their loved one was fatally struck by a car.

Reports indicate that the accident happened in late July. The victim, a 63-year-old man, had worked for the Department of Transportation for approximately 20 years and had been promoted two times during his employment. Unfortunately, he was allegedly hit by a vehicle while directing traffic away from a crew performing maintenance.

Woman suffers fatal workplace injuries in accident

All jobs in California and across the country have some degree of risk. Those that require employees to maneuver or use heavy equipment can be especially dangerous, especially if proper safety precautions are not in place. Unfortunately, officials are currently investigating a recent accident in another state that led to fatal workplace injuries.

Reports indicate that the accident happened at approximately 9:30 p.m. one night in late July. Workers were attempting to load a commercial air conditioning unit weighing 3,200 pounds on a trailer at the time. The unit allegedly fell during the process, landing on a 37-year-old female worker.

Workers' compensation may help grieving wife and baby

The time before the birth of a child is filled with excitement and anticipation for families in California. Unfortunately, what should be a time of celebration for one out-of-state family has turned to grief after a fatal workplace accident took the life of an expectant father. As a result of his death, his family may struggle to fulfill their financial obligations; however, the victim's wife may be entitled to workers' compensation insurance benefits to help cope with the fallout of the accident.

The incident happened one day at the end of July at Agri-Technology Company. A witness claims that he and the 23-year-old victim were working to clean a plastic tank that contained molasses. At some point, the pump was no longer working because the level of molasses dipped too low. The witness claimed that the victim put on a mask and other gear before climbing into the tank to alter a valve.

OSHA investigates accident resulting in fatal workplace injuries

When people in this country think of dangerous occupations, they often think of those whose jobs require them to face obvious dangers -- such as criminals or the elements of nature. However, all occupations hold some degree of risk. For example, tree trimmers must work with dangerous equipment at great heights. Unfortunately, one tree trimmer in California recently lost his life after suffering fatal workplace injuries.

Reports indicate that the accident happened just before 11 a.m. one morning on a day in late July. When emergency responders arrived, they reportedly discovered the 36-year-old victim hanging approximately 45 feet in the air from a safety harness. A chainsaw was hanging nearby.

The workers' compensation process

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration works hard to ensure that employees are kept safe while on the job in California and across the country. Despite the regulations it has in place, workplace accidents still occur, leaving many employees and their families wondering how they will cope with the financial implications of their workplace injuries. To protect workers, states require employers to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage for their employees.

The most important task following an accident is to seek appropriate medical treatment. After doing so, the injured worker's next step is to notify his or her supervisor about the accident. It is necessary to do this as quickly as possible in order to ensure that all deadlines are met and also that the details of an accident are still fresh in the mind of the injured worker.

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