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Construction workers' accidents: Company fined thousands

There are multiple safety checks required when working with large construction equipment. Unfortunately, safety devices and protocols only promote the safety of workers when used and enforced by employers. A failure of effective training of employees on how to maintain safety can result in serious construction workers' accidents. One employer has recently been cited over $200,000 in fines in relation to a fatal accident in California earlier this year.

The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently reported the findings of its investigation into a fatal accident. Earlier this year, a worker suffered serious injuries while operating a forklift. While driving it to a transit shed, he collided with a concrete pillar and was thrown from the machine. He became trapped between the pillar and the forklift and later died from his injuries.

Construction workers' accidents: Young worker hit by semi

Construction workers who complete work on open roadways and freeways put their lives at risk every day while on the job. It only takes a small distraction for a driver to accidentally drift into a construction zone where workers have no protection from an oncoming car. Families who have lost loved ones in fatal construction workers' accidents may be curious how to handle the sudden financial impact of the loss. Sadly, one family in California is processing the cost of burial following the death of a construction worker.

The 33-year-old man was the youngest son of a mother who had seven children. Sadly, he is survived by his newlywed wife. It has been less than a year since he was married.

Workers' compensation: Plumber killed by freak accident

It is hard to imagine that working as a plumber could result in an individual's death, but the reality is that any job can result in a fatality. When a death occurs on a job site, a workers' compensation program in the state of California may be a benefit to a deceased worker's family. Unfortunately, during a period of grief, a family may not want to handle the hassle of the complicated program, but there are attorneys who have the knowledge to assist with claims. Sadly, a family is grieving the loss of a city plumber after an unusual accident resulted in her death.

The 34-year-old city employee was completing work on a street when an accident occurred, resulting in her death. As she and her co-workers completed their work, a private tow truck operator began loading a vehicle onto the flatbed of his truck. At some point in the process, the vehicle became unhooked.

Recovering from explosions: A difficult recovery

When at a workplace that handles explosives or explosive materials, there is always a risk that there will be a fire and explosion. Even if an employer takes steps to reduce the risk to employees, that hazard is ever-present.

In the event that an explosion does take place in the workplace, employees have a long road of recovery ahead of them. There are mental and physical injuries that impact survivors, both of which have to be addressed to help the individual recover.

Tesla accused of underreporting multiple workplace injuries

Federal and California mandates require companies to report injuries sustained at work. Injuries that are required to be reported are typically ones that require a worker to miss work for any amount of time, but ones that require simple first aid are not mandated to be reported. Recently, Tesla has been reported and investigated for underreporting multiple workplace injuries of its employees.

Tesla has been reported as having left off at least 13 mandated work injuries in 2017. Many of the injuries were added to their report following an investigation of another unreported injury of a worker. The company, like all others, is mandated to report certain injuries within seven days of their occurrence. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, underreporting is common and can prevent best practices to prevent future injuries.

Man suffers workplace injuries at YEEZY

Kayne West has ventured into more than rapping and music in the last few years. One of Kayne's ventures has involved a collaboration with Adidas for an apparel line called YEEZY. Reportedly, the brand is set to expand with more offices around the country, but the company's plans may be stalled. Recently, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health launched an investigation into some workplace injuries that an employee suffered while at YEEZY.

Details of how the injury occurred are unknown, but it is known that a large 3D printer fell onto an employee. The printer was large enough to trap the employee under its weight and could only be removed by the effort of several employees. Once the printer was removed, the employee's injury was determined to be serious by paramedics, and he was airlifted to a medical center.

Cal-OHSA investigates Tesla for workplace injuries

It is not surprising that a vehicle requires a large production facility and assembly line considering the size of most vehicles that travel the roadways. With large equipment and extensive production, precautions must be taken at all times to ensure safety of all in a plant. Recently, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health opened up two investigations at Tesla involving workplace injuries.

The first investigation was announced due to rumors involving Tesla's reporting of injuries that occurred in the production plant. Allegedly, in order to keep a good safety record, injuries were being mislabeled or not reported at all. Tesla has denied the accusation and the investigation is pending.

Construction workers' accidents: Roofer suffers fatal injury

There are many jobs in California and the United States that require workers to be in a position where there is a risk for falls. For example, construction workers often have to climb ladders and work in precarious situations. There are usually safety measures in place that aim to prevent construction workers' accidents. Sadly, one roofer recently suffered a fatal fall and left behind a young son.

The 38-year-old worker was a member of a roofing crew and company when he suffered his fatal injuries. While climbing a ladder, he slipped and fell. He suffered serious head injuries and did not survive, despite several days of medical treatment.

There are 8 common workplace injuries

In order to help employers in California and others across the United States understand common on-the-job injuries, the Bureau of Labor Statistics examined data across the country of injuries suffered by full-time workers. Although most workplace injuries that make the news are often ones that result in serious injuries or tragic deaths of workers, most injuries are less severe but still can have an impact on work load and usually require the use of workers' compensation insurance benefits. The data revealed that most injuries occur in the course of everyday events such as overexertion, falls, slips and trips.

Although most injuries are less significant than many that make the news, the average number of missed days of work is nine. Not only will missed work affect productivity in the workplace, but some employees may experience a loss of income due to a work injury. Any workplace injury can be costly to both an employer and employee.

Industrial workers' accidents: Employee suffered amputation

Large industrial materials require enormous machinery for production, and unfortunately, the large equipment may contain significant risks for employees. When operating any large equipment, employees must be vigilant to avoid accidents and injuries. Despite training and safety measures that should be in place, tragic industrial workers' accidents occur. A foundry in southern California was recently fined for multiple safety violations that were discovered after a worker suffered permanent injury.

Large machines are often required for the job of casting metal. Reportedly, two employees entered a large 38-foot auger to clean it. For unknown reasons, the employees did not ensure that the machine was disconnected from its power supply prior to the cleaning. Another employee, who was approximately 45 feet away, turned the machine on, unaware of the cleaning that was underway.

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