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Toxic exposure to formaldehyde is not limited to morgues

According to the safety standards prescribed by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, employers must protect their employees from known hazards. However, they must also inform workers of all the potential dangers posed by their jobs. Toxic exposure is one hazard that could cause serious injuries or illnesses if proper precautions are not in place.

Formaldehyde is one of the chemicals that is known to be used in morgues. However, workers in other industries might be unaware that they could be exposed to formaldehyde. Additional formaldehyde uses include paper product coatings, glue and a variety of household items and chemicals. Formaldehyde is also an ingredient in many disinfectants, industrial germicides and fungicides.

Grief intensified when workplace injuries are fatal

Many California workers are employed in industries that carry a high risk for personal injury. This is one of many reasons employers are obligated to provide information, training and equipment to help keep workers as safe as possible on the job. It is also why they purchase workers' compensation insurance; if workplace injuries occur, an injured employee can file a claim to collect benefits to help pay medical bills or replace lost wages during recovery.

It is always especially tragic when a workplace accident results in a fatality. A recent incident occurred that ended this way. Rescue workers were initially dispatched to a state building after receiving an emergency call regarding a worker who reportedly had been electrocuted on the job.

Combat retaliation after suffering workplace injuries

A sudden incident on the job could easily result in an injury. In many cases, workplace injuries cause workers to need time off because they are unable to perform their regular work duties. Commonly, workers' compensation can help address the financial difficulties stemming from such a scenario, but it is possible that an employer could deny a workers' comp claim or even retaliate for a claim.

California readers may be interested in an out-of-state worker who had such an experience. According to reports, the man was a server at a restaurant when he hurt his ankle on the job. His ankle swelled to a considerable size, and he informed his supervisor of the injury he suffered. However, the supervisor denied that the injury occurred while the man was working and did not file an incident report.

Your work-related injury and the Medical Provider Network

Like many other people in the Santa Fe Springs area, you have a job in the retail grocery industry. Unfortunately, you sustained a wrist injury just after reporting for work today.

You suspect a fracture and hope to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. If your employer has an approved Medical Provider Network, you must first see a doctor listed in the MPN.

Roadway accidents can present workers' compensation need

Whether people are on the road for work or travel, any roadway can be a dangerous place. California residents and those elsewhere who work on roadways due to jobs in construction, accident cleanup or other industries often face safety risks due to drivers passing through the area. Unfortunately, many passing drivers do not slow down or take other precautions in such areas, and those on the job could end up in need of workers' compensation.

It was recently reported that a department of transportation worker in a nearby state was injured on the job due to a passing vehicle. The worker was on a roadway while cleaning up after an earlier car accident. The worker was struck by a truck that was hauling a trailer, and the driver of that truck did not remain at the scene.

Broken limbs may warrant workers' compensation

Often, California residents and those elsewhere simply accept the hazards of their jobs. After all, they need their employment, and if they are careful and abide by the safety guidelines, they will likely avoid any serious accidents and injuries. Of course, not all aspects of a job can be controlled, and some individuals may need workers' compensation after a work-related accident.

One worker in another state may be needing these financial benefits after being injured on the job. According to reports, the man was an electric line worker, and while he was working with a crew to repair a line along the interstate, a passing vehicle struck the line and caused the man to fall. It was not reported how far the man fell as a result of the incident.

Workplace injuries a real possibility for veterinary workers

Many children in California and across the country want to be veterinarians when they grow up. Numerous people achieve this dream and spend their days tending to sick and injured animals and ensuring the health of others. As cute and cuddly as some patients may seem, veterinarians, technicians and assistants are often at risk of suffering workplace injuries.

It may come as no surprise that the majority of veterinary-related injuries stem from interactions with animals. Bites, scratches, sprains, strains and other injuries can result from aggressive, frightened, ill or injured animals. However, it is also possible for these injuries to occur if a person makes a mistake while handling an animal, such as moving, lifting or holding one improperly.

Risk of workplace injuries highest in these industries

In California and across the country, there were more than 5,000 fatalities as a result of on-the-job accidents in 2017. The risk of workplace injuries is higher with certain jobs than others. Of course, it is possible to suffer injury in any line of work, which is why employers should always put safety first and fulfill their obligation to provide proper training and safety equipment as needed.

A National Safety Council representative stated that fatal on-the-job accidents typically have one of three characteristics in common. First, injuries often occur on job sites where workers must climb to great heights to carry out their duties. Second, working on or near heavy machinery increases the risk of injury as well. Finally, workers who have to drive a lot during a typical work day are among those at greatest risk for on-the-job accidents.

Occupational chemical burns and workers’ compensation

People who have jobs in the industrial sector, as well as those who farm for a living, are most at risk for occupational chemical burns.

For example, perhaps you work for a company that produces cleaning products, and you suffer a painful burn to your fingers. What are your next steps, and are you eligible for workers’ compensation benefits?

Do employees have to pay for workers' compensation insurance?

Like with most types of financial assistance, it can be difficult to understand the compensation available for California workers who suffer injuries on the job. Workers' compensation is certainly a useful benefit to those who do suffer workplace injuries, but it can be complicated to understand how workers' comp works and how to obtain it. Gaining the right information before a work-related accident may be wise.

First, workers' comp is a type of insurance that can help cover certain repercussions stemming from an on-the-job accident. For example, it can cover medical expenses for the injured worker as well as provide a portion of lost income while the individual is unable to work. However, it is important to remember that for workers' comp insurance to cover an injury, it must have resulted from a work-related accident and may need to meet other qualifications.

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