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Workplace accidents: Cal/OSHA blames employer for amputations

A California man has to learn to live without both his legs after an amputation injury he suffered last August. This was one of those workplace accidents that should never have happened. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health recently issued a statement indicating that several safety violations contributed to this tragedy.

Workplace accidents prevalent in the garbage collection industry

California workers who are involved in the collection of garbage may not realize the dangers to which they are exposed. Regardless of prescribed safety regulations, fatal workplace accidents in this industry continue to be reported in the media. Whether it is a waste truck driver that is killed when his own truck knocks him down, or a garbage collector that is injured while emptying bins into the truck, almost all these incidents are preventable.

Workplace accidents: Tree trimmer electrocuted in California

Employees of landscaping companies face numerous risks, and complacency can put lives on the line. Tree trimmers work with hazardous equipment in dangerous conditions that lead to frequent workplace accidents. Some workers tend to become careless in their observations of potential risks. The circumstances that led to the recent death of a tree trimmer in California are currently under investigation.

Fatal workplace accidents a sad reality in tree service industry

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health recently brought further attention to the hazards faced by tree workers when it proposed penalties exceeding $23,000 for a tree service company. The federal safety agency issued citations for seven safety violations identified during an investigation following an August fatality in Napa. Cal/OSHA says fatal workplace accidents are 56 times more likely to occur in the tree services industry than in all other sectors combined.

Workplace accidents: Bees sting California tree worker to death

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has specific safety regulations pertaining to tree workers. It requires employers to establish a written program to protect workers from suffering injuries in workplace accidents and ensure that only qualified workers engage in activities such as tree trimming, removal and repairs. Along with safe workplace environments, workers must receive safety training to create awareness and improve knowledge of potential safety hazards.

5 common causes of warehouse injuries

Warehouse workers conduct various tasks, such as breaking bulk materials down, labeling items, controlling inventory, assembling items, packaging orders, loading trucks and arranging transportation. Unfortunately, people who work in the warehousing and storage industry face serious risks when they perform these tasks. 

What are third-party claims for workplace accidents?

When you sustain an injury while on the job, you usually handle the matter through a workers' compensation claim. Your employer is responsible for your safety at work and therefore financially accountable when an accident causes you bodily harm.

Fighting wildfires may lead to multiple workplace accidents

Devastating wildfires in California threaten the lives of countless residents. Thousands of firefighters battle the blaze around the clock to contain the rapidly expanding Thomas fire and save lives. Unfortunately, with the variety of threats to which firefighters are exposed, workplace accidents are prevalent, and some of them end in fatalities.

3 things you should know about seasonal employment

Retailers and other businesses often hire temporary staff who can help during the busy seasons. These positions are often seasonal and end after a few months, but the short length of your employment does not mean your rights as an employee are any lesser. If you are looking for a seasonal job or a company has recently hired you for one, there are a few things you should know. 

Workplace accidents: 2 injured on bullet train construction site

Work was suspended on the California High-Speed Rail project on a recent Saturday. This followed one of those workplace accidents that could have been much worse. A report by the California Highway Patrol indicates that two construction workers suffered moderate injuries when a tower collapsed onto a work crew.

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