If you suffer an injury on the job, you are likely eligible for worker's compensation. In order to take full advantage of your benefits, it is important that you understand what your worker's comp covers.
If you work in California, it is important for you to know the facts about your rights to workers' compensation. You may not think this is relevant if you are not currently dealing with a work-related injury. But it is important for you to know the difference between what is myth and fact so you can receive the benefits you need in the event of a workplace accident.
When you are injured on the job, it may be scary to think about what this will do to your income and whether you will be able to get the necessary medical treatment. If it's a very serious injury and you're not sure you will ever be able to do your job again, it can be overwhelming to cope with.
Employers in California and around the country are obligated to follow certain safety guidelines that have been established by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. If these are not adhered to, an employer may be issued citations and fines for the violations by the agency. Records of these citations must then be posted near the unsafe work area until the matter is corrected.
As many California residents may know, the incidence of working from home has increased in the last few decades. Businesses and governmental agencies have recognized the benefits inherent in this situation. Since employers have a responsibility to keep employees safe at work, liability of staying safe while telecommuting has become a question for employees and employers alike.
A contractor and a subcontractor have been assessed in excess of $100,000 in fines in connection with a May 2014 fatality. The general contractor on the project, a Colorado company, has been fined $54,935, and the subcontractor, a California company, has been fined $50,850. A 59-year-old man perished in the incident as he worked on a railroad bridge, which collapsed onto the freeway lanes below it.
According to the California Highway Patrol, a suspected drunk driver struck and killed a construction worker in the early morning hours of Oct. 27. The accident took place around midnight in a construction zone on eastbound Highway 68 in Salinas. The family of the construction worker, who was employed by Bay Area Traffic Solutions, may be entitled to benefits under workers' compensation. The driver was taken into police custody on suspicion of DUI. He was booked into the Monterey County Jail.
A group of construction workers in California say they were sickened after being sprayed with pesticides. The incident took place in Sutter County in July when a helicopter pilot who was conducting aerial agriculture spraying flew close to a construction work site. The 10 workers who were affected by the pesticide spraying say they suffered from chemical pneumonia, continue to experience migraines and now require inhalers.
One worker died after being electrocuted, and another worker suffered major injuries during an accident at a California high school on July 17. Emergency responders declared the worker, who was in his 20s, dead on the scene. The other worker was taken to the hospital and was in critical condition on the day of the accident. The two men were standing on a scaffold, helping a booster club to put up a banner, when the incident occurred.