According to a study recently conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, two in 100 workers in all occupations suffer workplace injuries that need hospitalization. However, workers' compensation claims show that the numbers for ambulance workers are significantly higher. For them, as many as eight or nine in every 100 end up in hospitals nationwide, including California.
California workers in the lumber industry put their lives on the line to care for their families. Sadly, many young children have lost a parent who succumbed to injuries suffered in sawmills. The California workers' compensation insurance system eases the financial burden of thousands of families each year by paying out death benefits.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health will investigate an incident that caused the death of a waste collection truck operator. The wife of the deceased worker says her husband reported a malfunctioning hydraulic mechanism on the truck several times, but nothing was done about it. If this proves to be the case, she might have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the employer, along with a workers' compensation claim.
Confined spaces are work areas that provide enough space for a worker to perform work but have restricted or limited points of access and exit. They are typically not suitable for extended periods of occupation. These dangerous areas are present on various work sites in California, and noncompliance with prescribed safety standards can lead to workers' compensation claims for serious injuries or worse.
Exposure to industrial chemicals can have severe consequences. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has strict standards in place to protect those who work in industries where they could be at risk. Despite these regulations, the California workers' compensation program continues to receive benefits claims for workers who were affected by hazardous industrial chemicals.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has launched an investigation into possible safety violations at an air conditioning company. This follows a severe workplace injury that sent a worker to a Sacramento hospital with life-threatening injuries. The state-regulated workers' compensation system will likely ease this victim's concerns about finances and his ability to care for his family.
Safety and health authorities say hundreds of heat-related deaths occur nationwide every year, including in California. Many of the workers' compensation claims for heat illness involve outdoor workers who were exposed to excessive heat. Although employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees, workers must know the danger signs to look for in themselves and their co-workers.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has launched an investigation into an incident that caused critical injuries to a tree worker on a recent Monday. Whenever California workers suffer work-related injuries, they are typically entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Basic benefits cover at least medical bills and lost wages, and additional benefits might be awarded.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health says Sunset Center failed to file a report within the required time after a worker suffered a serious injury. By law, workplace injuries that lead to death or serious injuries must be reported within eight hours, but this nonprofit apparently waited four days. Nevertheless, the injured employee will still be entitled to claim workers' compensation benefits.
Studies have found that a significant number of workplace injuries in California and elsewhere involve new employees. One such a study concluded that the risk of occupational injuries for new workers within their first month on the job is three times higher than for those who have more than 12 months of service. Sadly, according to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, most workplace injuries that lead to workers' compensation claims are preventable.