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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.

Man suffers workplace injuries when forklift tips over

Being injured on the job is one fear that many people have. While numerous people go to work and make it home unscathed at the end of the day, that is not the story for everyone. In some cases, individuals can suffer severe workplace injuries that can have lasting effects.

California readers may be interested in a serious accident that took place in another state. According to reports, construction work was underway at a museum, and while one of the workers was doing electrical work, an access panel underneath a forklift collapsed. The forklift was being used to lift out an electrical vault, but it tipped over when the subfloor gave way. As a result, the worker became trapped underneath the machinery.

Some construction accidents can happen quietly and prove fatal

Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, and some could occur so suddenly and quietly that others may not even immediately realize what happened. Unfortunately, any type of incident could result in a person suffering serious injuries, and if others do not realize that another person has been hurt, the person may not receive medical attention as quickly as needed. As a result, some construction accidents could prove fatal.

California readers may be interested in an accident that recently occurred in another state. Reports indicated that a 46-year-old man was working on the roof of an apartment building that was under construction. There were two other workers on the other side of the roof, and when they realized they could not hear the other man, they checked and found that he had fallen off the roof.

The holidays are a hazardous season for retail workers

When you think of the most dangerous industries, retail probably does not make the list. However, according to Safety and Health Magazine, employees in retail surpassed those in construction in the rate of illnesses and injuries they experienced in 2016.

Retail workers are always at risk for accidents such as slips, trips and falls. However, the holiday season brings additional hazards to the scene and to those who may be new to the job, as temporary employees are common at this time of year.

Construction accidents can lead to life-threatening injuries

Working in construction is not typically considered a glamorous job. In fact, many people likely do not often think about construction workers at all. However, these individuals work in one of the most hazardous industries, and construction accidents leave numerous individuals injured every year.

California readers may be interested in an accident that recently took place in another state. According to reports, one member of a construction crew was driving a dump truck when it overturned. Details on what exactly caused the accident were not given in the report, but it was noted that the driver was inside a caged portion of the truck when it overturned and landed upside down. Photos from the scene show the truck with wheels in the air in a dirt-covered area.

Fatigue can contribute to workplace injuries

Many California residents cannot wait for their workdays to end so that they can get home and relax. Most jobs can put a mental and physical strain on workers, and often, fatigue can carry over to the next day. Unfortunately, workers experiencing fatigue could be at a higher risk of suffering workplace injuries.

A recent report indicated that 43% of workers across the country indicated that they were too tired to work safely. Additionally, approximately 13% of work-related injuries have fatigue as a contributing factor. Numerous issues can increase the chances of worker fatigue, including extended work hours and irregular shifts. In fact, individuals who work 12-hour shifts face a 37% higher risk of on-the-job injuries.

Construction accidents can quickly cause fatal, serious injuries

Workers' compensation is a benefit that many people are glad that they have access to but hope that they never need. Unfortunately, numerous workers in California and across the country suffer serious and fatal injuries in construction accidents and other events all too often. When these incidents occur, information on workers' comp is commonly needed.

Multiple people in another state may be looking into these benefits after a recent construction accident. According to reports, a crew was working to build a four-story residential building, and while workers were on the second floor, a collapse occurred that resulted in multiple workers being trapped beneath debris from the third floor. Firefighters came to the scene in order to rescue the trapped workers.

Fatal workplace injuries may have family looking into benefits

The sudden death of a loved one under any circumstances is difficult to accept. Often, while families are grieving, a number of issues could already begin to present themselves, especially those relating to finances. If a person suffered fatal workplace injuries, the surviving family may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits.

One family in California may be looking into this possibility after a recent work-related accident. According to reports, a man was working for a contracting company when he was involved in an industrial accident. The man was carrying out duties at Disneyland as he and the work crew installed pipes for an HVAC project. During the course of their duties, a piece of equipment hit a beam that caused a large metal plate to fall. The plate landed on the worker.

Assessments and training may help minimize workplace injuries

Restaurants employ numerous employees. From those in the back who prep and cook the food to those out front working to ensure that patrons have a satisfying experience, all of the workers are valuable. Unfortunately, all of these individuals are also at risk of suffering workplace injuries due to hazards on the job.

Luckily, California restaurant employers and employees alike can work to avoid injuries while on the job. For instance, assessing the hazards can help understand what issues exist and what can be done to mitigate the chance of someone suffering injuries. Conducting assessments at least once a week is a good practice in general, and additional assessment can take place when new hazards are recognized, when new procedures or equipment is introduced in the workplace, or, in a worst-case scenario, after an accident or injuries occur.

Carpentry, hammering and a repetitive stress injury

Perhaps you took woodshop in school and found you liked carpentry so much that you eventually made it your career.

As a carpenter, you now have a steady job with a home builder, but hammering and other types of repetitive work are taking a toll: You have developed bursitis in your shoulder.

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