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Supermarket Employees, Beware: Injuries Can Sneak Up on You

Supermarket employees often have to get creative to break up a sometimes repetitive job. Workers can strike up conversation with shoppers, listen to music while opening boxes, or get competitive with coworkers over sales to make things more interesting. Unfortunately, the repetitive nature of the job is what can cause unsuspecting injuries.

Supermarket employees can suffer slow building injuries that might not show up for years. This type of injury is different from a sudden fall or contact injury. These injuries occurring from repetitive motion over time are called repeated trauma injuries.

Community rallies around man suffering from workplace injuries

Thanks to the advances of medical technology, many people in California who are injured at work are able to receive treatment and are soon as good as new. Unfortunately, not all people suffering from workplace injuries are able to receive treatment and be cured. In some cases, such as those involving head injuries, a worker is never able to fully heal. One out-of-state man is now fighting for his life after a workplace accident left him with serious injuries.

While most people were finalizing their Thanksgiving plans, the family of a 24-year-old was likely gathering at the hospital. Reports indicate that emergency responders were called to the scene of a workplace accident at Bryce Corp. at approximately 8 a.m. one morning in November. The injured worker, and father of four, has been unconscious since the accident and is listed in critical condition.

California man suffers fatal workplace injuries

Those who work with heavy equipment likely know of the risks of their jobs. While most take measures to ensure they are safe in their work environment, accidents resulting in workplace injuries can unexpectedly occur, leaving the worker, his loved ones or both wondering how to cope with the financial ramifications of such injuries. One family in California is likely still coming to terms with the news that their loved one recently lost his life in a workplace accident.

According to reports, the incident occurred one afternoon on a day in November at Good View Lumber. The 58-year-old victim was reportedly operating a forklift on a ramp. Unfortunately, the forklift reportedly overturned, trapping the man underneath.

The workplace injuries behind movie, television productions

Movie goers in California and across the country often sit on the edge of their seats while they view the latest studio production. They are likely blissfully unaware of the potential dangers faced by those involved in the creation of the object of their entertainment. Unfortunately, both actors and those behind the scenes face the risk of serious workplace injuries from explosives used in stunts, falls off ladders and injuries from equipment without proper safeguards. While injured actors typically receive a great deal of media attention, those who work behind the camera are typically not generally reported.

The Associated Press recently reviewed workplace data and data associated with investigations relating to aviation safety. Its review found a total of 43 people who were killed on set over the last 26 years. Additionally, 150 people suffered serious injuries. However, this data likely does not tell the whole picture of injuries and fatalities.

Man suffers fatal workplace injuries in paper mill accident

The vast majority of people in California likely feels relatively safe in their workplace environment. However, the reality is that for some people something as simple as a slip can result in serious workplace injuries. In fact, authorities in another state are currently investigating a workplace accident that resulted in a fatality.

The incident happened at a Georgia-Pacific paper mill. According to reports, an employee fell into a pulper machine. Although his co-workers witnessed the fall, they claim there were unable to reach the emergency stop button in time. Witnesses described the scene as horrifying.

Overlooked work injuries

Usually we think work injuries include back pain or broken bones. We often associate them with machine malfunctions, lifting heavy objects or working in high-risk environments. This is true, all of these can factor into a workplace injury, but we often overlook other workplace injuries as well.

Employees who work in environments that don't provide certain safety equipment or precautions or don't offer workplace ergonomics, are all subject to work-related injuries too.

Man may have died due to toxic exposure

When most people in California think of a workplace accident, they likely think of an injury that happens as a result of a fall or other similar incident. However, people can suffer harm in a variety of different ways, including toxic exposure. For example, an out-of-state workplace death may have been caused by such exposure.

Reports indicate that emergency responders were called to the scene of American Electro Products one day in mid-November. Initial reports indicated that a 38-year-old worker was suffering from heart problems. The worker was then transferred to the hospital.

Investigation after accident that caused fatal workplace injuries

Most employers in California are aware that there is some degree of risk in almost all job-related tasks that workers perform. As a result, most want to ensure that employees are as safe as possible and that their workplace rules and procedures meet the guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Unfortunately, not all workplace injuries can be prevented. In fact, a recent accident that resulted in a fatality in another state remains under investigation.

Police and rescue workers were called to Fuller Industries just after noon one day in mid-November. Reports indicate that an employee had been injured. Unfortunately, police discovered that the man suffered severe head injuries resulting in his death.

Workplace injuries prove fatal in recent accident

There are millions of people in the United States who report to work every day. Most of these employees work hard to fulfill their job responsibilities in a manner that ensures their safety. Despite these efforts, workers in California and across the country can still suffer as a result of workplace injuries. In fact, a recent out-of-state accident has resulted in a fatality.

The incident happened one afternoon on a day in early November. According to reports, the victim was working at ATI Ladish. Although an autopsy will determine his cause of death, he reportedly died at the scene after a section of metal struck him in the head.

California Workers' Comp Covers Medical Care, and Lawyers' Fees Are Paid on Contingency

Many workers don't want to report a work-related injury because they fear the costs. They don't want to pay for medical care, lawyer fees or lose their job, so they feel it isn't worth it to file a claim. It is important to understand that if injured on-the-job, you shouldn't have to pay for anything.

Medical fees

In California, medical care is covered under workers' compensation. This means that your employer is required by law to pay for medical treatment for your work injury. Workers' compensation also includes:

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