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Small explosion leads to workplace injuries

Many California workers go about their day with a lot on their minds. They may be looking forward to getting off work on time, thinking about lunch, contemplating personal matters or simply focusing on their work-related tasks. Many workers do not often dwell on the possibility of being involved in an on-the-job accident, but unfortunately, workplace injuries can occur without a moment's notice.

It was recently reported that a sudden accident in another state resulted in one worker suffering injuries. Apparently, the incident occurred at a trucking company, and one worker was attempting to cut the top off of a 55-gallon barrel. Details were not given in the report regarding what was inside the barrel at the time. Nonetheless, a small explosion occurred while the worker was cutting the barrel.

Tips for avoiding workplace injuries

No one wants to end up unable to work or perform other daily activities because of an injury. Unfortunately, workplace injuries can happen at any time, and California workers could end up having to take time off of work and avoiding other activities as they recover. Of course, individuals can try their best to avoid suffering injuries on the job.

One way to avoid suffering injuries at work is to recognize signs the body is giving that it could be at risk of suffering an injury. For instance, workers who are able to recognize signs of fatigue and who do not ignore pain may be able to address those issues before more serious problems arise. Employers who train their employees to recognize injury warning signs could help their workers avoid harm.

Noise-induced hearing loss and workers’ compensation

Some people do not have a quiet desk job but rather work in an environment where there is ongoing noise.

Perhaps you have an equipment manufacturing job and in your line of work, noise is part of the daily routine. As a result, you have lost some hearing in both ears. Are you eligible for workers’ compensation?

Falling, chemical exposure are 2 risks for workplace injuries

Any job can come with risks to workers' health and safety. From office settings to outdoor construction sites, there are hazards everywhere, and workers need to be aware of those hazards in hopes of lessening the likelihood of on-the-job accidents. Of course, not all workplace injuries are avoidable, but paying attention could make a considerable difference.

A serious hazard that California workers may want to stay aware of is the potential for falling. Slipping or tripping in the workplace could lead to serious or even fatal injuries, especially if a worker falls from a height. However, it is important to note that serious injuries can result from same-level falls. In fact, 65% of fall-related injuries occur in same-level incidents.

Citations upheld against Home Depot after workplace injuries

When on the job, it is important to have the proper equipment for the working conditions. If employers do not provide safety equipment to workers or implement safety policies, it is possible for those workers to suffer workplace injuries. Unfortunately, any number of injuries suffered on the job could be serious.

It was recently reported that an appeal for citations issued against Home Depot after a work-related accident in California did not go in the company's favor. Apparently, Home Depot was cited in 2015 after a worker suffered a serious foot injury in 2014. Two pallet jacks collided, which led to the worker's injuries. Cal/OSHA looked into the incident and other similar events and determined that many of the injuries could have been prevented if the workers had been given or been required to wear protective footwear.

Workplace injuries can occur when working with power equipment

People face dangers every day, and in some cases, they do not give it much thought. Some activities that individuals carry out on an almost daily basis as part of their jobs may put them at risk of serious or even fatal injuries. While many workers are fortunate enough to make it home each day without having suffered workplace injuries, not everyone is so lucky.

California readers may be interested in a work-related accident that took place in another state. According to reports, workers for a cable provider were working with power lines behind a business when the accident occurred. One worker was in the bucket of a truck when he was electrocuted. It was unclear exactly how the incident occurred. Another worker attempted to help the first, but that worker was also injured.

Equipment fall causes life-threatening construction injury

Any type of injury could have major impacts on a person's life. An injured party may need extensive medical attention and treatment, need time away from work, and could experiencing lasting repercussions from the injuries. Unfortunately, a construction injury can have such effects on a worker involved in an on-the-job accident.

California readers may be interested in a construction accident that recently occurred in a nearby state. According to reports, a worker was on a light-rail construction site when he was involved in an accident at approximately 10:30 a.m. Apparently, support equipment fell and landed on top of the worker. It was noted that the equipment was used to stabilize structures under construction, but it was unclear what may have caused the equipment to fall.

3 ways fall protection may harm construction workers

It takes a special type of person to work in high places. If you are in the construction industry, you may earn a premium for working hundreds of feet in the air. After all, most individuals experience some type of acrophobia due to the makeup of the human brain and sensory system. 

Falling from a high place can cause serious injury or death. As such, every time you work far from the ground, you must wear fall protection, such as a safety harness, belt or seat. Your employer should train you on the proper use of protective equipment. Still, you should realize that fall protection sometimes causes construction workers to sustain serious injuries. Here are three ways your safety gear may put you at risk: 

Serious injuries present need for workers' compensation

Using dangerous equipment is often necessary for certain occupations. Though the equipment can be dangerous, training and experience using the equipment can often help prevent accidents. Unfortunately, serious incidents do still occur, and an injured California worker may need workers' compensation.

One man in another state will likely be looking into his workers' compensation options after recently being injured on the job. According to reports, the man was working on a construction project when he was injured by a saw. Apparently, the saw kicked back while the man was holding it, and the blade struck him in the sternum, neck and jaw, resulting in serious injuries. His coworkers called emergency services after the incident took place. It was noted that the response time of the emergency crews was quick.

Construction accidents: Hotel collapse proves catastrophic

Any building under construction is in a precarious position. Even if California workers do their part to ensure that they follow the proper procedures to secure the structure, unexpected construction accidents can occur. Unfortunately, these events are often catastrophic.

It was recently reported that a building collapse in another state resulted in serious and fatal injuries to workers. Apparently, a Hard Rock Hotel that was under construction partially collapsed while 112 workers were on the site. Though only the top floors collapsed, there is concern that the structural integrity of the remaining portion is compromised, which has caused officials to close multiple streets in the area and require approximately 100 residents nearby to vacate their homes for the time being. It was unclear what may have caused the building to collapse.

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