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California construction site accidents and workers’ compensation

| Jun 10, 2015 | Industrial Workers' Accidents |

Workers in many lines of work in California are susceptible to getting injured on the job. Whether lifting heavy boxes in a warehouse or working with sharp objects in a kitchen, when a worker is not careful, injuries can often be the result. However, some of the most dangerous places to work are very often construction sites, as the potential injuries incurred can be serious, if not life-threatening. When a worker is injured on the job in California, he or she is often entitled to receive workers’ compensation.

A recent workplace accident at a construction site resulted in injuries to seven workers. The accident occurred in late May in downtown Los Angeles. A 30-by-20 foot area of a housing project’s second floor collapsed, which sent the workers falling to the ground.

The incident resulted in the seven workers being sent to a local medical center, where one of them required wrist surgery. According to the president of California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, it is not certain when the rest of the injured workers will be able to return to their jobs. Cal/OSHA is currently investigating the incident.

It might be days, weeks or months before some of the workers can return to work. During this time, they will lose wages and the worker who underwent surgery will not only lose a greater portion of his or her wages but also be held accountable for what are likely extensive medical bills. When a worker in California is injured while at work, he or she often entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim, which can help lessen some of the associated costs that are incurred after an injury. 

Source: ladowntownnews.com, “Work Continues at Site of South Park Construction Accident“, June 1, 2015

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