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Construction workers' accidents: Family seeks funds for funeral

Crowd fundraising websites have become popular in recent years to raise money for just about anything an individual can think of to request financial help. It is often used when individuals receive news that they require expensive medical treatment or a family member suffers the sudden loss of a loved one. When fatal construction workers' accidents occur on the job, families may also be entitled to workers' compensation death benefits, which may provide some compensation in addition to funds from family and friends. Sadly, one California family recently lost their loved one during an unfortunate accident at a construction site and has turned to crowdfunding to help with burial expenses.

Due to a pending investigation, very few details have been released about the accident and the events preceding it. The accident occurred at the construction site of a shop building for a high school. The shop building project is estimated as a $3.5 million building project.

Construction workers' accidents: Company fined for violations

It is difficult to deny the impact that invention and improvement of various tools over the years have had on the construction field. While various tools may enable workers to finish a job in an efficient and timely manner, if not used properly, they can result in serious construction workers' accidents. The California Department of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently concluded an investigation involving an employee who was injured by a nail gun tool.

The accident occurred to an employee earlier this year while transporting a nail gun. Reportedly, the employee was walking with the nail gun in his hand with his finger on the trigger. In the process, the gun fired and went through his leg, resulting in a serious injury. Because of the severity of the injury and previous accident investigations with the same company in recent years, a Cal-OHSA investigation was triggered.

Workplace accidents: Man's fall through roof results in death

The United States government has recognized that some industries need assistance in education, policies and safety standards to promote a safe environment for employees. Workplace accidents can result in serious injuries for an employee, expensive medical bills and time away from work to earn an income. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a government agency that helps promote worker safety and exists in every state, including California. In addition to helping promote safety and accident prevention, OHSA often investigates serious accidents. The federal agency is currently investigating a construction accident that occurred in another state that resulted in a worker's death.

A plumbing supply company was having a warehouse rebuilt by a construction crew when the accident occurred. The 59-year-old worker was on top of the roof to repair or replace some skylights. In the process, he fell through the roof 30 feet to the ground.

Workplace accidents: Man injured after falling through skylight

Any time employees are required to work at an elevated height, there are risks to the employee. Over the years, procedures and equipment have improved to ensure the safety of all employees, but employers must provide the necessary equipment, training and information. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, many workplace accidents can be avoided when precautions are taken. California employees may be interested to learn that an amusement park company in another state has been fined $142, 270 for the injuries one employee suffered following a work accident.

The worker and two other employees were removing material from the roof of a building when his accident occurred. It has not been reported how the employee fell, but it was reported that the fall was through a skylight in the roof. The severity of the employee's injuries has not been reported at this time.

Construction workers' accidents: Man killed by falling wood

When working in building construction, workers are aware that there are safety risks all around them. Whether it is unstable work environments, the large equipment they work with or dangerous tools, there are many ways to suffer an injury on a construction site. When construction workers' accidents occur, employees may need to file a claim through the state-managed workers' compensation program to aide in associated costs. Sadly, one California family may be filing their own claim following the death of their loved one while at work.

The man was employed by a company completing construction on multiple residential buildings. Reportedly, he was sitting on a stack of lumber next to a large pile of plywood. For unknown reasons, the pile of plywood became unstable, and some fell on top of the worker.

Workplace injuries: Man claims unfair treatment after injury

Suffering from an injury obtained on a job site is often difficult. In addition to the pain and injuries that require medical treatment, injured workers may worry about the cost of medical treatment in addition to missed time at work. Most California employers provide workers' compensation insurance benefits for workplace injuries to help workers heal and return to work. One worker in another state has claimed his injury has resulted in unfair treatment following his return from his healed injury.

According to the lawsuit, the employee suffered a fall down some stairs while working as a train conductor. According to the man, the fall was a result of a trip. Reportedly, the injury was documented and medically treated.

Employer negligence can lead to electrical injuries on the job

A lot of people understand that there is a risk of electrical shock that construction workers face every day on the job. These people would find it surprising that electrocution remains one of the bigger risks faced by employees outside of the construction sector as well. Electricity can pose a risk in any workplace.

Chances are good that you have to interact with electronic equipment throughout the day. Overall, you may be surprised at how many different potential risk factors for electrocution you face each day on your job.

Construction workers' accidents: Man killed by falling beam

Some workplace accidents are not preventable. Outside forces such as weather can contribute to an accident despite all precautions to prevent one. On the other hand, many accidents are preventable as long as codes followed and safety measures are taken. Sadly, a California worker became another victim of one of the many construction workers' accidents that occur throughout the state.

The 51-year-old worker was employed by a subcontractor that was hired to complete work on the Twin Peaks Tunnel in San Francisco. The tunnel is 100 years old and houses a path for the San Francisco Municipal Railways between two train stations. Work was being completed to add tracks and to repair ceilings, walls and the drainage system. During the work, a steel beam became loose and struck the worker.

Workers' compensation: Judge rules in favor of police officer

Most people are aware that filing any type of insurance claim can be a chore. In addition, insurance is not always willing to approve some claims, making it a frustrating system. Employees who file a workers' compensation claim for an on-the-job injury may find it helpful to know that there are California attorneys who are familiar with handling claims in the complex system. One man's case is an example of how some cases may benefit from the intervention of an attorney.

The man was injured as an on-duty police officer while trying to detain a teenager. Following evaluation of his injury, his physicians suggested a spinal surgery as part of his treatment for the injury, and the officer filed a workers' compensation claim. The claim was denied.

Construction workers' accidents: Man crushed by forklift

Construction equipment is amazing, and the workers behind the equipment are incredibly skilled to build massive structures, roads, tunnels and more.  Historically, it is not uncommon for workers to become injured or die while trying to complete the work on a construction site. Sometimes, equipment is unstable, and there are risks that workers must take. In the present, most employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance when construction workers' accidents occur. Sadly, one California family may need to file a claim for death benefits after the loss of their loved one.

The family of a 20-year-old construction worker was recently notified of his death. He was hired to complete work on the I-10 freeway that is adding a carpool lane in both directions. It has not been determined if the worker was an employee of Caltrans or if he was an employee of a subcontractor company. 

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