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Workplace injuries prove fatal for industrial worker

There are many dangers in the workplace. Accidents can happen in California when workers least expect them, regardless of the safety measures in place. Unfortunately, the workplace injuries suffered by one out-of-state man recently resulted in his death.

A spokesperson for local police note that the accident happened in the early morning hours of a day in early October at a Tenaris plant. According to reports, a worker exited the forklift he was operating. While he was standing between the piece of machinery and a spool, the forklift unexpectedly rolled forward, trapping the man.

Workplace injuries send man to hospital

The potential for injury is present in all workplaces. While dangers are more obvious in some occupations in comparison to others, every employer faces the potential of suffering from workplace injuries. As a result, all states, including California, require employers to have a financial security net in place that allows workers' compensation insurance benefits for employees who are hurt or become ill on the job. One out-of-state man may qualify for these benefits after an accident send him to the hospital.

First responders received a call regarding the workplace accident one morning in September. According to reports, the man, who was working at a power plant, had been inside a coal train car prior to the accident. The coal in the train was apparently released while he was inside, causing the man to fall through the bottom of the car.

Construction accidents: Worker electrocuted during renovation

There are hundreds of different hazards that the average person in California faces every day. Many of these hazards come from the workplace. While some precautions can be taken to safeguard workers, many construction accidents, for example, still happen. In one out-of-state incident, workers discovered the body of one of their co-workers. He died as a result of a workplace accident.

The employees were apparently working on a house renovation project in early September. Reports indicate the the victim's co-workers noticed that he was missing. A worker is said to have found his body in the crawl space under the house.

California workers ill from heat deserve workers' compensation

Workers in California are likely aware of the potential for dangers in the workplace.  Construction workers know of the need for hard hats, and police officers are aware of the importance of bulletproof vests. However, many outdoor workers may be unaware of the potential for harm from working in the heat. Those suffering from the effects of such an illness may qualify for workers' compensation benefits.

The California division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is working to educate employers of their responsibilities to their workers employed in a position that requires them to spend time outdoors.  The temperature has soared into the triple digits in some areas of California in recent days. As a result, such reminders are not only timely, but could also save a person's life.

Man suffers fatal construction injury in workplace accident

There are many known risks involved in working in the field of construction. For these risks, employers can take safety precautions to help reduce the chance that employees will suffer from a construction injury. Unfortunately, no precaution can protect a California worker from all of the risks that could potentially be encountered. For example, one man was recently killed in an out-of-state accident caused by a shard of pipe.

The accident happened in mid-August. A crew was working to install pipe in an area where a roadway was planned. The victim, a 39-year-old man, was using a saw to cut a section of pipe.

Construction accidents: 1 killed, 1 injured in stadium fall

While many jobs have certain risks associated with them, it is easy to overlook the dangers that construction workers face. Unfortunately, construction accidents pose a real risk to workers in California and across the country. For example, a recent incident at an out-of-state workplace killed one man and left another seriously injured.

Reports indicate that the two victims were employees of Berwald Roofing. They were working on the roof when the accident occurred. One of the workers fell approximately 50 feet into a snow drainage gutter. While the second worker was injured in the same incident, it is unclear if he fell as well.

Workers' compensation after a California workplace accident

Most employers in California strive to ensure the safety of workers. However, regardless of the number of safety precautions in place, workplace accidents still occur. While many workers are entitled to workers' compensation, the path to compensation is complicated, filled with paperwork and deadlines with which a person unfamiliar with the process may struggle.

Once a worker has notified his or her employee about an injury, the employer has one working day to mail or give the worker a claims form. This form must be completed and returned to the employer. Because a delay could impact acceptance of a claim, it is important that this task is completed in a timely manner. Once received, the employer must complete the "employer" section and mail or give a copy of the completed form to the injured worker within one working day. The original is given to a claims administrator.

Workers' compensation possible following fatal accident

The average person in California likely faces a variety of different dangers as he or she goes about everyday life. In some cases, dangers are well-known, allowing a person to take proper precautions. In others, a person may have felt relatively safe when an accident occurred. Regardless, a person injured in a workplace accident may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. These benefits typically extend to dependent family members in the event of a fatality.

One out-of-state family may now qualify for such benefits as a result of a fatal accident that took the life of a 54-year-old man. According to reports, the man was operating a bulldozer on a steep grade at the time of the accident. The bulldozer apparently rolled several times before landing in an upright position.

Man hospitalized as a result of serious workplace injuries

When most people in California think of dangerous occupations, they likely think of police officers and fire fighters who put their lives at risk every day. However, industrial employees who work with large pieces of machinery are similarly at risk for workplace injuries. For example, one out-of-state man recently suffered serious injuries while using machinery.

Reports indicate that the accident happened at Nu-Wool Co. just after 8 a.m. one morning in early August. The man's hand reportedly become lodged in a wool compression machines. Co-workers were able to extricate his hand before emergency workers arrived.

OSHA alleges breach of safety standards after scaffold accident

In California and across the United States, falls are a leading cause of death in construction work. In April 2015, at a Massachusetts work site, three roofers fell two stories, requiring hospital treatment for broken bones, spinal injuries and a punctured lung. According to inspectors, the fall was the result of using a wooden plank that could not support the workers' weight. The invoice for the plank was marked "not for scaffold use."

An OSHA investigation revealed violations of several OSHA standards in addition to the undersized scaffolding plank. These included scaffold platforms that were too high, ladders that were not long enough to provide stability and failing to ensure that workers were using fall protection. As a result, the company was cited for willful, repeat and serious violations and was assessed a fine of $294,500.