When California residents engage in workplace activities as a normal part of their employment, few expect that something so mundane could possibly turn into tragedy. Unfortunately for one 24-year-old ski instructor, however, the woman has lost her life after a ski run which turned fatal. The woman suffered serious injuries to her brain and neck, which resulted in her death just days after the accident. This could lead to her family seeking workers' compensation survivor benefits to help cover costs associated with her death.
A recent traffic accident in a highway construction zone has claimed the life of an off-duty police officer and seriously injured a California highway worker. Road work was being done on Highway 132, and it was limited to one lane of traffic with eastbound and westbound traffic alternating usage of the open lane. Authorities say a semi-truck slammed into the rear of the off-duty officer's vehicle, causing that car to lurch forward into a second vehicle. The impact killed the driver of the first vehicle, and the California highway worker suffered an injury on the job as the second car careened into him.
Recently, a California construction worker was injured when he fell approximately 25 feet down an elevator shaft. According to Palo Alto Fire Department officials, the man was working on the second floor of an office building in the Stanford Research Park when he was injured on the job. Authorities responding to the call that morning found that the man had plunged through an opening in an elevator shaft at the work site.
It may be important for many workers to take into consideration the risk of suffering a serious injury at a potential job before they sign on with an employer. Although many jobs that have higher risks for suffering a fatal work injury offer better compensation, it may be important for California residents to consider the risk before they are lured in by the money they may earn. The Department of Labor recently identified the most dangerous jobs in the country.
Many workers across the country are subject to working conditions that can be hazardous to their health. High heat, lack of air circulation, insufficient water and exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals are all issues that employers need to address in order to ensure that their workers are not subject to an increased risk of suffering a work injury. In Southern California, some workers who are employed at a Wal-mart warehouse recently walked out on their jobs to raise awareness for what they allege are dangerous working conditions.
An electrical explosion has injured one man while he was performing his professional duties as a fiber optic technician. According to California police, they received a call at approximately 4 p.m. reporting that a man had been injured and that a truck had caught fire. Police responded to the report of the work injury and made contact with the man.
A shifting crane is alleged to be the cause of a recent accident that has sent one man to the hospital. The work injury occurred outside of California, when a man was working near a crane that was located on the back of a flat-bed truck. According to the police, the accident was a result of the crane's arm shifting, which then landed on the man and pinned him against the bed of the truck.
California readers may have heard about a woman who suffered serious injuries as a result of being attacked by a pit bull while she was working at a veterinary clinic. The work injury was witnessed by two of the animal hospital's employees who came into the kennel area and saw the woman being attacked by the dog. The dog had the woman's arm in its mouth and was shaking her violently.
A recently published article has pointed to some alarming statistics regarding workplace safety for warehouse workers. The article was published by University of California Riverside sociology researchers and focuses on data provided by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics and many other sources. These statistics show that warehouse workers face some of the toughest working conditions of any field in the United States and are subject to a higher work injury rate than many other comparable professions.
A police officer was severely hurt recently when he attempted to reach an injured hiker in Northern California's Shasta-Trinity National Forest. According to witnesses and California police officials, the police officer suffered the work injury on July 5. He had been dispatched to rescue a man who had broken his leg while hiking. The hiker had sustained the injury when his dog knocked him down on the trail.