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Workplace injuries prove fatal in recent accident

Because of the dangers that many face in their workplaces, the federal government and states such as California create laws and regulations with the intention of protecting the safety of all employees. Unfortunately, even with these in place, accidents can still happen -- potentially endangering the lives of workers. For example, one out-of-state man was recently killed as a result of workplace injuries suffered at an airport.

The accident happened one Thursday morning in late June. According to reports, the 57-year-old victim was an employee of Manafort Construction. He was working on a water main in a trench as part of safety upgrades at an airport.

California construction accidents: Man impaled after fall

There are a variety of different injuries that could occur in the workplace. As a result, state and federal regulations attempt to ensure that employers maintain a safe workplace. Despite these measures, construction accidents still occur. For example, one construction worker in California suffered serious injuries after a fall.

The incident happened one afternoon on a day in early June. The 27-year-old man was reportedly walking on a catwalk as construction crews performed work on a water tank. Reports indicate that the man fell from the catwalk and was impaled when he landed on a fence.

Serious workplace injuries send California worker to hospital

States and local governments work hard to provide activities that will attract tourists to their areas. While an attraction may bring people and cash to a region, workers must maintain the attraction in order to keep visitors safe. Unfortunately, one worker in California suffered serious workplace injuries while he was checking such a location to ensure that tourists would be safe.

The accident happened in a mine that is part of an attraction aimed at helping tourists learn about mining and the manufacture of glass. The worker was apparently checking to ensure that a mine was safe for visitors. Reports indicate that he was standing on scaffolding while working to stabilize the mine. Unfortunately, a rock came loose and is believed to have struck the worker's chest .

Workers' compensation in California

Thousands of people in California report to their jobs everyday. Their goal is to earn a livelihood that will support them personally and often their family as well. Unfortunately, many people are injured in workplace accidents every year, requiring medical treatment and potentially preventing them from returning to their job. Those people may qualify for workers' compensation insurance benefits.

California law requires employers to provide these insurance benefits for employees. While most people think of an injury as occurring from a single event, such as a fall or burn, many suffer from an injury caused by performing the same repetitive motion over the course of time. Both qualify for compensation. However, there are guidelines in place that must be followed. For example, an injury must be reported to an employer within 30 days to allow for a proper investigation of the claim.

Construction accidents: Man killed while repairing bridge

There are many dangerous professions. While most people in California think of police officers and firemen, people working in the field of construction also face significant risks due to construction accidents. Unfortunately, one out-of-state family is left grieving after a recent fatal workplace accident.

The accident involved a 35-year-old man. Around 8:30 a.m., reports indicate that the man was working on repairs of a bridge overpass. He then became pinned between the roof and a lift. While emergency personnel attempted to revive him, their efforts were unsuccessful. He died at the scene.

Construction accidents: Man dies after fall

Construction sites in California can be dangerous places. As a result, there are a variety of different safety standards that must be met to help preserve the safety of employees. Unfortunately, safety standards are not always able to protect employees, sometimes leading to construction accidents with serious, even deadly, consequences. For example, one out-of-state man was killed in a recent accident.

The accident happened in mid-May. Reports indicate that a 25-year-old male was working on a building's facade. At the time of the accident, the man was on scaffolding, and it is believed that he fell after losing his footing.

Toxic exposure sends multiple workers to the hospital

Carbon monoxide is known as a dangerous gas. Exposure can quickly become deadly with most people unaware that they have come into contact with anything that could cause significant damage. While people in California and across the country are aware of the dangers associated with exposure, many are unaware when the threat of exposure is imminent. For example, multiple out-of-state workers were recently hospitalized as a result of toxic exposure.

The exposure occurred in May. Reports indicate that a worker in a warehouse was discovered unconscious. While he was being transported to the hospital, paramedics found that he had a high level of carbon monoxide in his system. Tests at the warehouse found that levels were significantly higher than what is considered safe.

California construction accidents: Man dies after fall

Construction plays an important role in the economy of California. It typically indicates growth, expansion and employment. However, many people may not recognize that the construction industry could also pose significant risks for employees. Construction accidents can cause serious injuries, sometimes even death. For example, officials are investigating a recent accident that led to a fatality.

The accident happened one day in late April at a construction site related to a casino. Reports indicate that a 45-year-old victim was an employee of SME Steel Contractors. Officials believe that the man fell two to three stories.

Skin diseases are second most common occupational illness

Major industries in California, such as agriculture, construction and food service, rank high in potential risks for exposing workers to skin irritants. When chemicals and other agents come into contact with a worker's skin, rashes, infections, injuries and systemic toxicity could occur. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, skin diseases caused by workplace activities are the second most common type of occupational diseases.

Although the threat of inhaling hazardous substances has been addressed across many occupations, the CDC states that standardized evaluations of skin problems have not been developed, which impedes assessment of workplace risks. Among skin illnesses, contact dermatitis accounts for the majority of problems. This skin condition, better known as eczema, can be caused by either toxic irritation or allergic reaction. Itching, redness, swelling, pain and blisters indicate the condition. Contact dermatitis alone produces annual costs of over $1 billion.

The prevention of heat-related work injuries

California employees who work outdoors or indoors in hot areas may not be entirely aware of some of the dangers that the heat can present. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, this heat can lead to serious injuries and death if not properly prevented or treated.

In the course of their job duties, many workers may be required to be in high temperatures for extended periods of time. This can lead to a number of heat-related illnesses that can have serious health effects. For instance, heat stroke occurs when the worker's body stops regulating heat. This can lead to their body temperature rising to critical levels, which could potentially cause death. Slightly less serious is heat exhaustion, which can still cause headaches and nausea, among other symptoms. Heat cramps and heat rash are other conditions that can develop while working in the heat.