There are many legal safeguards for workers and protections to help employers ensure the safety and security of their workers, such as workers' compensation benefits for workers that become injured or die on the job. While most businesses in California stick to strict safety standards and make certain that workers' compensation benefits are intact, there may be times when a business owner has acted negligently by not properly training his employees and a work injury results in death. For one California business owner, the criminal courts found him guilty for his role in the death of a worker.
Sadly, during the course of a year, workers are killed in on-the-job accidents in California and across the country. The emotional and financial strain that the families of deceased construction workers must face is often considerable. Fortunately, in those instances when such a tragedy does strike, they may be able receive assistance. This assistance, which normally comes in the form of workers' compensation death benefits, may serve an extremely useful purpose while a family tries to come to terms with the unthinkable events which occurred.
California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has handed out 36 violations to a Los Angeles- based solid waste company that resulted in nearly $39,000 in fines.