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Industrial workers' accidents: Man injured at glass plant

For most people in California, work is an essential part of life to survive and maintain a standard of living. Unfortunately, when an employee is injured, his or her ability to work may be threatened. Some injuries allow a person to return to work, and others do not. Because of the environment, industrial workers' accidents often result in serious injuries. One man in another state recently suffered serious injuries in the glass plant where he was employed, and he will likely be filing a workers' compensation claim.

Emergency crews were alerted to an accident at a glass factory, and both the city and county emergency crews responded to the call. The details of the accident have not been released due to the pending investigation by the Tennessee division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The investigation is anticipated to last six to eight weeks and will include a review of the scene of the accident, plant protocols, a review of records and interviews of employees.

Serious injuries result from construction workers' accidents

New developments and building refurbishments seem to be booming in California and all across the country. With the increase of work, high demand and tight deadlines, accidents are bound to occur. Unfortunately, when accidents occur on a job site, they can be tragic for any worker involved. Recently, three different construction workers' accidents in different parts of the country detail how serious they can be. 

One of the accidents involved an employee's failure to follow the safety rules. He was repairing a lift machine that was located on a dirt road. Apparently, safety procedures require workers to be strapped into the bucket, but he did not. It is not clear how it occurred, but the truck that the lift was attached to tipped over. The man was propelled 40 feet, landed on a stake and later died in a hospital from complications from his injuries.

Safety training can prevent industrial workers' accidents

While workers in all industries in California have to face safety hazards every day, certain industries pose higher risks than others. Certain industrial hazards threaten blue-collar workers and technicians in construction, mining and other industries. Authorities believe that the occurrence of the most frequently reported industrial workers' accidents could be minimized with proper safety training.

Falls from higher levels represent a significant number of on-the-job accidents -- often with devastating consequences. Safety advisors say most falls result from improper use or lack of fall protection, unstable work surfaces and human error. Adequate training in the proper use of personal protective equipment can eliminate a significant number of injuries and fatalities. Another cause of many industrial accidents is the exposure to dangerous working parts of machines. Employers must ensure safeguards and lockout/tag-out devices are in place, and employees must receive training in the proper use of these devices.

Wildfires are a hazard to firefighting teams

With wildfires spreading across the United States, there is a real fear that many people could lose their homes and businesses. If you're working to fight these fires or are still at your job when a fire strikes, you could be in danger of an injury. How can you be sure that you'll stay safe?

It's hard to guarantee safety if you're working with fire, but there are some measures your employer can take to help. Here are a few things he or she can do.

Construction workers' accidents: Companies fined for man's death

Considering the required safety gear, inspections and training that is required to operate a construction site, it is well-known that they can be dangerous for workers. Sadly, when construction workers' accidents occur in California and across the country, they can result in serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Recently two companies were fined in relation to the death of a worker on one of their job sites earlier this year.

Heavy winter rainstorms resulted in flooding and mudslides that made some highways impassable. Caltrans, a large and established construction company, subcontracted another company to help remove the mud from a highway Caltrans was working on. As a dump truck was backing up, the driver was not aware that two workers were behind it. The vehicle crushed them. One of the men was killed and the other suffered serious injuries. 

Construction workers' accidents: Man killed by faulty scaffolding

Some jobs entail more risk to employees than others. Even though there are risks involved in most jobs, employers bear the responsibility to provide safe working environments for their employees. Multiple agencies and policies in California exist to ensure companies are following safety standards, but construction workers' accidents still occur. Last year, in another state, a man lost his life when proper safety precautions were ignored by his employer.

The 30-year-old man was working for a construction company that was using a tall scaffolding apparatus when the accident occurred. Reportedly, he was on the top layer when the scaffolding collapsed, causing him to fall to his death. The man was survived a wife and three young sons. A lawyer for the wife stated that he plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the construction company.

Workers over the age of 55 have high risk for workplace accidents

A 58-year-old California man died last year after a fatal tragic on-the-job accident. According to a review of statistics, he is one of many older workers who are victims of fatal workplace accidents every year. The review indicated that all workplace fatal accidents have decreased except in the group of workers over the age of 55.

The man was operating a forklift on a ramp in the warehouse that employed him when his accident occurred. Reportedly, a bag of mortar fell near him and he reacted backing up the forklift. Unfortunately, when he backed up, he drove off the ramp and fell to his death. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health fined the warehouse and stated that more safety training and precautions could have prevented the man's death.

Construction workers' accidents continue on Facebook campus

Over the  years, many safety practices have been mandated for construction sites to ensure protection of workers. Workers may be required to wear hard hats, reflective clothing and harnesses on the job, among other policies. Despite efforts to maintain a safe work environment, construction workers' accidents still occur in California. Recently, a man suffered injuries after a fall on a construction site, but his life may have been spared by the safety harness he was wearing.

The man was working on a new building for the Facebook corporate campus when he fell almost 15 feet. Reportedly, he may have slipped, resulting in his fall from the fourth floor to the third floor. According to the firefighters on the scene, his safety harness prevented him from crashing into the bottom of the third floor.

Workplace accidents: unusual drowning at family owned business

On-the-job accidents occur daily throughout the state of California. When workplace accidents occur, they can be expensive for employees. Fortunately, employers are required by law to provide workers' compensation insurance for its employees to finance any unexpected accident related expenses. Recently in another state, two men were seriously injured as they were maintaining part of the store where they were employed.

The men were employed by a family-owned company that performs catering, butcher, canning and retail services. Reportedly, two men were performing maintenance in the store building's sewer pits. As they were working, they became unconscious and had to be rescued and pulled out by firefighters. Unfortunately, one of the men did not survive his injuries. The other man was air lifted and treated for his injuries, but has been discharged from the hospital in stable condition.

Building collapses, resulting in serious workplace accidents

When buildings are constructed in California, there are numerous codes to ensure quality of work and safety for all involved. Unfortunately, despite safety precautions, workplace accidents still occur. Three construction workers in another state were all injured when the building they were constructing collapsed on them.

The building was being converted from a two story to a three story structure. While the men were working, the building collapsed and trapped them in the basement. The initial investigation has not revealed the possible cause of the collapse. Twelve hundred pound beams and cement bags were among the building supplies that crashed onto the workers.

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