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October 2016 Archives

Lack of training can cause catastrophic industrial accidents

With the rapid advancement of technology, machines and equipment in factories become more innovative -- and possibly also more dangerous. Although many changes are aimed at improving safety, some employers fail to train employees in the safe operation of modern machines to prevent industrial accidents. One case that demonstrates the consequences of the lack of proper training was described as an example at the 2016 National Safety Council Congress & Expo that was held in Anaheim, California, earlier this month.

Farm worker dies after work accident on lettuce farm

Agricultural workers in California need to be vigilant at all times. Most activities involve multiple hazards that could arise without warning, and losing concentration can be fatal. It applies in particular in circumstances in which motorized farm equipment is used. Both the operators and those moving about on ground level are at risk, and safety protocols must be in place to avoid workplace accidents. A farm worker recently lost his life in a work accident in Monterey County.

Work accident: California man killed by load of shattered glass

A California man recently succumbed to workplace injuries he suffered in a neighboring state. The work accident occurred when the truck driver was delivering a shipment at a facility that produces glass for the architectural industry. Reportedly, the incident happened at the factory's loading dock on a recent Wednesday morning.

Factory accident cause critical hot steam burns to 2 workers

Industrial plants in California and elsewhere at which recycling of waste is done pose various dangers to employees. A variety of dangerous machines and mechanical equipment are typically operated at these facilities. In addition to potential injuries to the operators of the machines, those who have to repair, maintain and clean the equipment also face severe safety hazards. Two workers recently suffered critical injuries in a factory accident at such a facility in another state.

Forklift operator dies in work accident in Napa County

Forklifts are dangerous vehicles and should only be operated by those who are properly trained and qualified to do so. It is the responsibility of all California employers to ensure the safety of their employees, and that includes preventing the operation of forklifts in dangerous conditions. A fatal work accident involving a forklift recently claimed the life of a vineyard worker in Napa County.

New law signed to prevent occupational disease in manicurists

Workers in nail and hair salons in California may not even be aware of the dangers posed by the chemicals to which they are exposed on a daily basis. A new law to address this issue was recently signed, and it will go into effect at the beginning of next year. Its intention is to encourage salon owners to stay away from toxic products that can cause occupational disease in employees and also jeopardize the health of customers.

Work accident claims life of Goodwill worker in California

The California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported that it had launched an investigation into the death of an employee of a South Sacramento Goodwill store. The worker reportedly suffered a fatal injury in a work accident. Goodwill is a nonprofit community organization that provides jobs for disadvantaged, disabled and marginalized individuals. The donated revenues are used to provide job training, and mission-related activities and payroll.

Work-related illness may be cause of Dollar Tree worker's death

All workplace environments in California must be free of hazards that can threaten the health and safety of employees. Sadly, some employers disregard safety regulations and expose their workers to life-threatening work environments. The California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation into the death of a Dollar Tree employee that some suggest may have been caused by a work-related illness.

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