Any time that someone is working outdoors, especially in the construction industry, there may be room for an accident to occur. Trees in particular are an especially dangerous obstacle for many California construction workers. In fact, a construction worker in California recently suffered a work injury related to a falling tree.
The 55-year-old man was working on a home as part of a remodeling job when the accident occurred. His job involved cutting trees down. While it is not clear exactly what went wrong, a falling tree struck the man at some point. Firefighters responded to the area and the man was transported to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.
The owner of the construction company was reportedly not on the scene where the accident took place. The work accident was reported to California OSHA. However, a captain with the fire company who responded to the scene stated that the company was not fully convinced that the injury was one which would be required to be reported.
While OSHA is involved in the work injury situation, the injured worker may have to miss work due to the injury he suffered. Regardless of the ruling pertaining to whether or not the injury in this specific case is reportable under legal standards, anytime a worker is injured on the job in California, they are protected and have rights related to their employment, medical care protection of their future. The man in this incident may need worker's compensation to help him deal with the financial ramifications of lost wages and medical bills if the work injury is deemed as a reportable injury.
Source: marinscope.com, "Tree falls on construction worker in Novato," Nicole Baptista, July 26, 2013