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Top 3 Things You Should Know about Workers' Comp in California

There's a lot of misunderstanding about workers' compensation in California. Many workers are not aware of their rights, and other workers may be discouraged from filing a claim because they fear retaliation from the employer.

Make no mistake: employers have a legal obligation to provide workers' compensation benefits when someone is injured in the scope and course of employment. Here are three top things you need to know about workers' comp in California:

Injury claim possible after man injured at work

Regardless of the occupation, there are likely some risks present in the workplace. Unfortunately, some people in California suffer serious injuries that require significant medical treatment that can prevent the injured worker from returning to work. One man, for example, is left facing a long recovery after he was injured in a workplace accident that happened in another state. As a result, he may need help filing an injury claim.

The incident occurred in early July. An employee of Anson Excavating & Pipe, Inc. was attempting to install a sewage lift station for the city at the time. Reports indicate that he was struck by a concrete pipe.

OSHA claims fatal workplace injuries could have been prevented

Many workplace accidents in California and across the country are unforeseen and occur despite the many safety precautions that are in place. However, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration claims that a recent investigation reveals that an out-of-state accident could have been prevented. The accident resulted in workplace injuries that proved fatal for a 19-year-old man.

There were no witnesses to the accident; the injured man was discovered by a plant foreman afterward. At the time of his discovery, he was reportedly suffering from a severe wound to the side of his head. While CPR was administered, the man ultimately passed away as a result of the injuries he suffered. A representative for OSHA claims that he was working a debarking machine at the time of the accident.

Man suffers fatal workplace injuries in industrial accident

Many job-related tasks in California hold certain dangers. Even those that may seem relatively safe may prove to be problematic if the task involves working with large equipment, such as a semi-trailer. Unfortunately, a man was recently killed after suffering workplace injuries in an out-of-state accident involving such a scenario, prompting an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The accident happened one morning in early July. According to police reports, the 58-year-old male victim was working at Advanced Mobility, a company that builds specialty vehicles and custom trailers. The man was reportedly working underneath a semi-trailer when the accident occurred.

Man suffers severe workplace injuries after struck by bolt

All occupations in California carry some degree of risk; however, some are especially risky. For example, a representative for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration notes that workers in the wind industry face a variety of different risks, including falls and electrical shocks. While employers can take precautions to protect employees from these known risks, accidents can still happen. Unfortunately, one man is now recovering from severe workplace injuries after he was struck in the head by a 4-pound bolt in an accident that happened in another state.

The incident occurred just before 10 p.m. one night in early July. According to reports, a 26-year-old man was working in a tower approximately 100 above ground. A bolt reportedly fell from a turbine that was approximately 100 feet about him and struck him in the head. The hit caused him to lose consciousness.

2 crew members suffer workplace injuries in Los Angeles

Those who work in show business often become experts at creating illusions, especially involving the illusion of danger. While most sets in Los Angeles where shows are filmed are typically safe places, two crew members recently suffered workplace injuries. Firefighters responded to the scene.

The incident happened just after 8:30 p.m. one evening in late June. According to a firefighter with the Los Angeles Fire Department, the incident happened on a set to film a show for Amazon Prime. The spokesperson claims that a large fan used for ventilation fell, striking two people.

California worker suffers workplace injuries in accident

All jobs hold a certain amount of risk. Unfortunately, many of these risks are due to the unpredictable actions of others. Police in California as well as officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are currently investigating an accident that resulted in the loss of one man's life and caused significant workplace injuries to a CalTrans employee.

The accident happened one morning in early July. According to reports, a CalTrans crew was inspecting a guardrail when the driver of a pickup truck lost control. The driver reportedly swerved when he saw the crew, causing the truck to flip before landing upright. A passenger in the truck passed away.

Construction accidents: Man trapped under vehicle dies

When most people think of dangerous occupations, they likely think of jobs with inherent dangers, such as fighting fires or apprehending criminals. However, all occupations hold some degree of risk of injury. In fact, construction accidents frequently leave people in California suffering from serious injuries or grieving the unexpected loss of a loved one. One recent out-of-state incident demonstrates the potential harm that construction workers face on a day-to-day basis.

The incident involved a 41-year-old man. Reports indicate that the man was under a vehicle as he attempted to attach a tractor to it. He allegedly told another worker to start the vehicle, but was ran over when it gained traction.

Questions remain following fatal workplace injuries in California

Cellphones have many benefits for users, including allowing family members to remain in contact throughout the day. For one woman in California, lack of communication from her husband was her first clue that there may have been something wrong. After learning that he died as a result of workplace injuries, she now has several questions regarding the accident that took his life.

The 30-year-old man was a veteran welder for J. M. Equipment Co. Inc. One day in mid-June, he was reportedly sent to Del Monte Foods in order to repair a loading dock. His wife became concerned when he failed to respond to her texts for several hours. Using an app to find the location of his cell phone, she decided to drive to the plant.

Temps in Los Angeles could result in workers' compensation claim

People around the country are likely rejoicing in the beginning of summer. While many people are planning their summer vacations, others who work outside face added risks as they complete their job responsibilities. Representatives from the California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are urging employers in Los Angeles and surrounding areas to take proper precautions to protect employees from exposure to heat. Those who become ill as a result of heat exposure may qualify for workers' compensation benefits.

Workers in California are likely all too aware of the heat that gripped parts of the state in early June. Meteorologists predicted temperatures reaching as high as 114 degrees in some areas. As a result, state regulators reminded employers of the importance of taking proper precautions to protect employees.

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