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Grandmother of 5 suffers fatal workplace injuries

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating an incident that claimed the life of a 54-year-old employee of a recycling company. The woman died earlier this month after working for the company for more than 16 years. The workplace injuries that led to her death were caused when a skip loader struck her.

Reportedly, the worker was directing vehicles of members of the public who came to drop recyclable objects, and also company vehicles -- one of which ran over her. The vehicle was a type of tractor with an attached hydraulic bucket in the front. The incident happened at around 4 p.m. on a Saturday earlier this month.

California man suffers fatal workplace injuries during demolition

Regardless of the amount of experience a particular employee has, it may not be enough to keep him or her safe from an on-the-job accident. Many of the tasks completed by employees of California companies come with significant risks. When something goes wrong, fatal workplace injuries can occur.

Recently, a California man was disassembling a conveyor when things went horribly wrong. The man and another worker were using a cutting torch to dismantle a heavy metal casing at the top of a silo. The conveyor system then collapsed.

Preventing road construction workers accidents

Every California resident deserves a safe work environment and most employers strive to provide one. The problem is that despite every effort, keeping employees in some industries safe is a constant battle. For instance, preventing road construction workers accidents within the confines of the job site is often easier than protecting workers from motorists on the roadways on which they work.

Controlling the flow of traffic on the roadways requires careful planning. Many workers are dangerously vulnerable to being struck by vehicles in these zones. Government agencies are responsible for controlling traffic for pedestrians and motorists while employers work to keep things under control inside the work zone.

As a construction worker, your own precautions might be crucial

Construction sites across California are typical scenes of dynamic and diversified activities. With multiple workers, all with different skills, rushing to get their tasks done, safety risks often go unnoticed. Regardless of whether you work on the renovation of an existing building, new construction or major repairs, you will deal with multiple safety hazards. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health holds your employer responsible for your safety and health.

As a part of your daily shifts on a construction site, you will encounter the hazards related to working at heights and in trenches, and exposed to excessive noise, dust, and the many dangers posed by power tools and heavy equipment. Sadly, many employers prioritize the bottom line instead of employee safety.

Gloves alone will not prevent chemicals from entering your body

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health mandates that employers inform employees of all the known safety hazards they might encounter. They must provide safety training to teach workers how to mitigate those hazards and also provide the necessary personal protective equipment. Certain hazards, such as dangerous chemicals, have specific rules and regulations that cover safe storage, labeling and written datasheets.

Chemicals are present in all industries, and the hazardous chemicals in your workplace could be those used for cleaning, or they could form part of a manufacturing process. However, regardless of the types of chemicals you encounter, they will threaten your health.

Workplace injuries cause death of 30-year-old California worker

Workers in California put their lives on the line every day. The risks of suffering workplace injuries are ever-present, and some are severe enough to cause death. An employee of a dredging company in California recently lost his life in such an accident.

Reportedly, the incident occurred on top of a silo at around noon on a recent Friday. A spokesperson for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health reported that a 30-year-old man was in the process of dismantling a conveyor motor's metal casing. While using a cutting torch, the entire heavy metal tower collapsed onto the worker. Bystanders saw this and heard the worker's calls for help.

Fatal workplace injuries a serious concern for California workers

When a person suffers an injury on the job, he or she has the right to pursue benefits through a workers' compensation claim. Even knowing that benefits are available in case of a workplace accident, a worker may still have concerns about his or her health and safety while on the job. Since 2014, fatal workplace injuries are up by 22%, which means that California employees have a good reason to be concerned. 

It is always tragic when a person dies on the job, regardless of why it happened. When these events occur, employers should strive to investigate the cause of the accident and implement steps to ensure that it does not happen again. There is no clear reason why the rate of work-related fatalities continues to rise in the state, although it is lower than the national average.

Does your job leave you short of breath?

Did you know that you could develop work-related asthma even if you have never had it before? Asthma either is a disease of the lungs that can worsen by exposure to triggers -- if you already have asthma -- or develop in healthy lungs. Different industries in California expose workers to mold, dust, chemicals, plants, animals and about 300 other known substances that can cause asthma.

Asthma caused or aggravated by exposure to triggers at work is occupational asthma. Some workers may find the condition only affects them while they are at work.

Suspension trauma can cause fatal construction workers' accidents

The risks of falls are par for the course in the construction industry nationwide, including in California. Workers might find comfort in knowing that their employers provide fall arrest systems to those who work at heights. However, they may not know that the danger continues after the PPE arrested the fall. Suspension trauma can claim the lives of workers who are suspended and waiting to be rescued.

When a worker is suspended motionless in an upright position in a fall harness, blood accumulates in the legs because the flow is restricted. Stress and environmental pressure can exacerbate the workers' condition and accelerate the onset of suspension trauma. Most newer brands of fall arrest systems are designed with a feature that provides the fall victim with an extra built-in strap that could allow him or her to settle into a sitting position to avoid restricting blood flow to the heart.

Many construction workers' accidents involve falls from roofs

Spending the holidays in a California hospital and fighting to overcome critical injuries is not something wished upon anyone. Sadly, construction workers' accidents can happen when least expected. An incident sent a construction worker in the Santa Clarita Valley to a Valencia hospital after a fall from a roof at a construction site.

The worker suffered critical injuries and required emergency care. He was working as part of a construction crew on a project at the hospital. It's not yet clear what caused him to fall. Reportedly, the incident occurred at approximately 10 a.m. on a recent Thursday. 

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