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May 2017 Archives

Machinery accident injures operator of excavator in California

Construction company owners in California and elsewhere must consider a host of hazards that could threaten the health and safety of their employees. Along with assessing every job location to identify hazardous areas, employers must ensure that only appropriately qualified workers operate mechanical equipment. This may prevent a machinery accident that could cause catastrophic injuries or worse.

3D printers can cause workplace injury

Three-dimensional printers are becoming a widely used tool in various industries nationwide, including in California. Safety authorities have researched the effect 3D printers could have on the health and safety of employees who work with and around the units. The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene recently published research that determined that filaments or fibers that are typically used in these 3D machines could pose health risks and cause workplace injury.

AT&T employees seek protection against workers' injuries

Disputes between workers and AT&T management led to field technicians picketing at several of the company's locations in Bakersfield. The California workers want to create awareness about the lack of safety and their exposure to workers' injuries. Approximately 100 AT&T employees held up signs to demonstrate their demand for protective gear.

Work accident: New safety rule for oil refineries adopted

Almost five years after the devastating Chevron fire, a new safety rule was recently adopted in California. This rule, promulgated by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health aims to prevent a similar work accident involving an explosion, fire and chemical releases. In the future, oil companies must use equipment with outstanding safety qualities as recommended by unions, environmental groups, plant neighbors, refiners and Cal/OSHA.

Workplace injury: What to do if employer is uninsured?

Employers in California must provide their employees with insurance coverage. Those who fail to carry workers' compensation insurance could face stiff fines or even land up behind bars -- or both. Any worker who suffers a workplace injury is entitled to compensation for medical expenses along with additional coverage for lost income and more, depending on the type and severity of the injury.

Cal/OSHA says fatal fall injuries caused by safety violations

Following up on our Nov. 2, 2016 blog post about the death of a California construction worker ("Construction accident: PPE failure causes fatal 50-foot fall"), the federal safety investigation is now complete and more information is available. Reports at the time indicated that a worker's fall protection failed, causing him to fall 50 feet. He landed in a puddle of water and had already succumbed to his injuries by the time workers reached him.

Employer negligence cited for many fatal work accidents

Following last month's tribute to employees who lost their lives on the job, the National Council on Occupational Safety and Health released a report that made available the names of 12 companies with the worst safety records. This report -- dubbed "Dirty Dozen 2017" -- underscores the role of employer negligence in the unacceptably high fatality rate in the U.S. workforce. Three of the named companies have headquarters in California.

Young father dies in logging accident on the job

Loggers nationwide, including in California, face some of the most dangerous conditions in their line of work. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict safety regulations that are specifically aimed at the protection of the safety of loggers, unanticipated circumstances sometimes cause fatalities. One such a tragic accident on the job claimed the life of a young man in Mendocino County.

Victims of construction accident saved by fall protection

When two construction workers scaled the steel structure of a new Facebook building in California on a recent Wednesday, they did not know that they would turn at death's door before the end of the day. Fortunately, the lives of both men were saved because they complied with safety regulations and wore fall protection. Witnesses to the construction accident said the fact that the two men survived was a miracle.

Cal/OSHA proposes $62,000 fine after fatal forklift work accident

The dangers posed by forklifts may not be emphasized enough. When it comes to forklifts, the most basic safety violations can lead to fatalities. Such a fundamental error apparently caused the death of a building and roofing supply company employee in California last November. The California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently revealed that a fine of over $62,000 was proposed after completion of the investigation into the fatal work accident.

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