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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. 

3 reasons a workplace needs an injury prevention program

A severe injury can set you back on your career path or mean you never work the same job again. Whether you suffer a long-term disability or a short-term inability to work, any serious injury has the potential to affect you physically, emotionally and financially. To help avoid accidents, illnesses and injuries in the workplace, your employer should implement a Workplace Injury and Illness Prevention Program. Why is this so vital to your safety? Here are three reasons.

New laws require workers' compensation in the marijuana industry

In 2010 a marijuana farmer decided to shoot a migrant worker four times, which resulted in his death. The migrant worker had complained about poor working conditions, and violence resulted. It is suspected that there are many other cases of abuse and violence of workers in the marijuana farming industry. In the aftermath of the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in California, state lawmakers are attempting to regulate the multi-billion dollar industry with new laws. New regulations will be in effect to limit abuse of workers, sexual assault, poor working conditions and will mandate workers' compensation insurance coverage be provided by employers.

Currently, the marijuana farm industry is not regulated. During the harvest season, a large amount migrant workers seek employment on farms. Because it was an unregulated industry, workers were able to earn untaxed wages. It is reported that some workers could make as much as $1,000 per week. While the cash is attractive to many, most migrants spend weeks in tents near the farms and endure poor working conditions.

New workers' compensation law to address workplace violence

Workplace accidents occur on a regular basis in California, some causing severe injuries to employees. Fortunately, state law requires employers to carry workers' compensation insurance which helps to ensure medical treatment and financial coverage for any injured employees. Even though workers' compensation is a system established for the protection of injured workers, it is often a difficult system to navigate.

As a result of the 2015 San Bernardino shooting, a new bill has been introduced in the state legislature to hopefully make the filing for workers' compensation a smoother process. The shooting occurred in a state-financed health department, resulting in 14 dead and 22 others injured. The workers' compensation provided by the state is managed by the California Department of Industrial Relations (CDIR). Currently, with the way the law is written, the CDIR reviews all medical treatment and procedures prior to approval. Unfortunately, the process has prevented many of the San Bernardino victims from receiving compensation for the emergent medical treatment and other treatment their physicians felt they needed after the shooting.

Injuries from construction workers' accidents can be expensvie

Safety regulations and standards are ignored or disregarded on California job sites every day. When a workers' safety is at risk, it can result in debilitating and fatal injuries. Construction workers' accidents can result in numerous expensive medical bills and potential loss of income while healing occurs. Employers are mandated to provide workers' compensation insurance for employees that offers financial relief in the event of an accident. Lawyers who focus their practices on employment law may determine that some injured workers have grounds to pursue compensation outside of workers' compensation in civil court.

In 2011, a 20-year-old man was severely injured while working for a subcontrator on a Caltrans job site. According to the lawsuit, the accident occurred in the dark early hours of the morning. The victim was on the side of the road working on wiring when he was hit by a car that veered off the road. The young man is now paralyzed, not able to speak and completely dependent on his parents for care.

Industrial workers' accidents can be fatal and costly

Accidents can happen on any job resulting in injuries of those involved, but some work environments naturally are more risky than others. Employers are required by the state of California to carry workers' compensation insurance to benefit and aide any employee who may be injured on the job. Industrial workers' accidents unfortunately can cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Recently, a family lost their husband and father as a result of an unfortunate accident working for an electrical company.

During a winter storm in northern California, many power lines in the area were knocked down by trees. The 41-year-old victim was dispatched with his company to fix the fallen lines. In the process of a tree branch removal to make the area safe, the worker was hit by a large branch.

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