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Workplace accidents: unusual drowning at family owned buisness

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.

Death benefits for fatal industrial workers' accidents

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health strives to enforce safety standards for all work environments, including industrial sites across the state. Unfortunately, despite safety standards, industrial workers' accidents still occur, and they can result in serious injury and death. Sadly, in another state, a construction worker was recently killed while working on the job.

The 31-year-old victim was using some heavy equipment at a Target distribution center when the accident occurred. He was not employed by Target, but was contracted to perform some unspecified work on the building. He died at the scene of the accident. 

Heat exposure can put you at risk at work

California is a hot state, and workplaces can be even hotter depending on the industry. It's important for all workplaces to account for the environment to keep their employees comfortable. Too much heat exposure can result in serious injuries and potentially death from heat-related illnesses.

On June 5, a report about California's workers stated that the current governor signed a bill in September that requires California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health to adopt standards to protect indoor workers from the hazard of heat-related injuries. On top of that, the state also lowered its threshold for outdoor exposure to 80 degrees, helping keep people out of blistering hot temperatures to prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Construction workers' accidents can change a person's life

The California division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration works to limit and regulate injuries for employees across the state. Unfortunately, despite regulations, construction workers' accidents still occur on a regular basis, resulting in injuries to those involved. OSHA recently began an investigation at a construction site where a building unexpectedly collapsed. Fortunately, all workers involved survived the accident. 

About 20 workers were on the job site, laying concrete to what was to be the second floor to a parking garage they were building. Many were on scaffolding when part of the building collapsed. Witnesses reported loud boom noises and seeing workers hanging from the scaffolding immediately after the collapse.

Baby now fatherless after one of many logging workplace accidents

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the logging industry continues to be one of the most dangerous jobs that exists. Despite its known dangers and frequent workplace accidents, job seekers continue to work in the industry due to its higher entry level hourly pay compared to others. Not long ago, a California man lost his life in an unfortunate accident at a logging company resulting in his death.

The man was only 22 years old, and it was only on his second day of work when he died. He had been working two jobs in the restaurant industry, but with the birth of his child with his fiancé, he was drawn to the higher paying wages of the logging industry. His fiancé had lost a father and an uncle to accidents in the logging industry and was fearful for his safety.

Legal counsel to help fight denied workers' compensation

Many computer programmers and IT specialists aspire to work for rapidly growing and popular companies such as the ride-sharing California-based company Uber. Unfortunately, for one man, the alleged intense work environment may have resulted in his suicide. His spouse has filed a lawsuit against the company, suing for workers' compensation benefits that she feels were wrongly denied in the aftermath of his death.

The man, who had previous experience with another high profile tech company, Linkedin, worked for Uber only a few months before the environment is said to have affected him. His wife claims that her husband changed after he began his new job. She alleges that he began having panic attacks, insomnia and anxiety over job security. According to reports, he was receiving therapy for his mental health. His personal therapist apparently recommended that he should look for other employment, but the man was not mentally capable of processing a job change in his state of distress.

Workplace accidents can result in injury and death

Safety violations in a workplace can result and injury and death for employees. The state of California attempts to prevent injuries by instilling and enforcing standard safety polices and procedures. Despite enforcement, violations and workplace accidents still occur. Recently, a man lost his life at his job and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has cited the business with multiple safety code violations.

The 58-year-old man operated a forklift as part of his duties when he was fatally injured on the job. While driving down a forklift ramp to load supplies into a customer's vehicle, a bag of mortar fell. The mortar bag blocked the forklift, and in effort to rectify the situation, the driver attempted to go up the ramp backwards. Unfortunately, the forklift's back wheel went over the ramp's edge, and the forklift trapped and crushed the man despite his attempts to jump from the vehicle. 

Construction workers' accidents: one injured, another killed

Construction areas in California can be extremely dangerous to any person on site. Many factors can contribute to construction workers' accidents, including faulty equipment, miscalculation by engineers, insufficient safety training, or policies and other factors. For a worker, an accident can result in serious injury or death. Recently, two men's lives were changed due to a wall collapse on their work site.

Two construction crew workers were digging footings next to a large wall prior to the accident. The concrete wall was about 20 feet long and six feet tall prior to its collapse. As the wall collapsed, one man avoided being crushed, but he was injured in the process. Reports state that he suffered a leg and back injury.

Fatal workplace injuries leaves California family grieving

Flaggers and traffic directors are employed to ensure the safety of drivers in a congested or construction area. Unfortunately, one California flagger recently lost his life while trying to direct traffic and keep truckers safe in his place of employment. Fortunately, workers' compensation insurance is available for victims of workplace injuries -- and for the families of fatal victims -- to help alleviate some of the financial stress created.

The 65-year-old-man was directing trucks as they navigated the landfill where he worked. He was hit by one that was full of trash as it backed up. Sadly, the employee died from his injuries at the scene of the accident. The California Highway Patrol and the local sheriff responded and investigated the accident. 

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