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Workplace accidents: Victim of pipeline fire succumbs to injuries

Workers in the oil and gas industry in California and other states typically face many safety hazards. Some of the potentially deadliest workplace accidents that may encounter are explosions and fires. Various agencies are reportedly investigating such an incident that occurred in another state on a recent Thursday.

Negligent operating of machinery at Laguna Farms cited by OSHA

Sometimes, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health refer fatal workplace accidents to the district attorney for possible criminal charges. One case that is being considered for such action by Cal/OSHA's Bureau of Investigations is the April death of a 27-year-old employee of a berry farm. The safety agency determined that negligent operating of machinery caused the worker's death.

Do you know what to do after suffering a work accident injury?

Members of the workforce in California are all at risk of suffering on-the-job injuries, regardless of the industry in which they are employed. Even a slip-and-fall accident in an office environment can cause injuries that might range from bruises to traumatic brain injuries. The reality is that every employee should be prepared and know what to do in the event of a work accident.

Strict rules to prevent a work accident in confined spaces

California employees who have to face the dangers of confined spaces in the line of duty would likely rely heavily on their employers to comply with safety regulations. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration has strict rules to keep workers safe when they have to enter dangerous spaces. A work accident in a confined area could have tragic consequences.

Negligent operating of machinery might have caused fatality

One of the hazards in many work environments in California is complacency. Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their workers, and that includes frequent safety training sessions to remind all employees of the dangers of their occupations. When nothing goes wrong for some time, it is not uncommon for workers to become complacent about safety regulations. Negligent operating of machinery is often to blame for many on-the-job accidents.

Fatal work accident claims life of sanitation worker

Sanitation workers in California face multiple hazards while out on their daily rounds. One concern is that they are exposed to hazardous materials they come across while collecting garbage. Another work accident risk involves the dangers of mechanical malfunctions of the equipment they use. Employers are responsible for providing the necessary safety training to prepare employees for the hazards they will face.

Industrial accident claims life of 60-year-old employee

When working with industrial equipment and vehicles, workers must be aware of potential hazards because the slightest error could lead to catastrophe. Employers are responsible for the safety and health of their employees, and regular safety training can go a long way in keeping workers safe. The recent death of a California vineyard worker in an industrial accident might have been saved by training to recognize potential hazards and know how to react in such circumstances.

Differences between workplace accidents, incidents, near misses

Safety advisors in California and elsewhere often urge business owners to encourage reporting of occurrences or near misses that occur. It could be the ideal way to involve employees in taking responsibility in establishing safer work environments with fewer workplace accidents. However, there are different types of dangerous events when it comes to occupational safety.

Are forklifts workplace accidents waiting to happen?

California workers may find it interesting that there are over 856,000 forklifts operational nationwide. With so many of these machines in workplaces, it is not surprising that they cause an estimated 100 workers' deaths and more than 96,000 injuries -- of which about a third are serious -- every year. That might be why it is sometimes said that forklifts are workplace accidents waiting to happen.  

2015 fatal workplace accidents killed more than 1 per day

The California Department of Industrial Relations and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released data earlier this year that shows an alarming 10 percent increase in occupational fatalities from 2014 to 2015. The 2015 data covers the most recent available statistics, and although the results are lower than the national average, the findings remain alarming. The total number of lives lost in workplace accidents in California in 2015 was 388 -- more than one fatality per day.

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