The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has launched an investigation into a workplace accident that occurred on a building site in Fremont. The agency says it has another open investigation for the same location, relating to a June incident in which a worker suffered serious injuries in a one-story fall. The latest incident in which three construction workers were injured happened on a recent Wednesday.
Losing a loved one in a workplace accident is one of the most traumatic experiences any family may have to endure. While nothing can make up for such a loss, the death benefits that surviving family members can claim from the California workers' compensation system will indeed ease the unanticipated financial burden. Such benefits might also be available for a Los Molinos family after the death of a worker at the Crain Walnut Shelling factory.
Not everyone is out to make friends in the workplace. Despite the training and warnings you receive from your superiors, sometimes you cannot stop co-workers who want to speak with their fists rather than their mouths. Whether it is from a sense of competition or a growing tension between two uncooperative co-workers, fights that can break out from your workplace typically end with neither side winning.
Workplace injuries always come unexpected and bring with them unanticipated medical expenses and lost wages. California workers in all industries might find comfort in knowing that the state-regulated workers' compensation insurance program will provide financial assistance. All the medical expenses of an injured worker will be paid within three to seven days, and if the worker can return to work within that time, the workers' compensation benefits will cover medical expenses only.
Every occupation comes with risks and dangers. Surprisingly, health care workers face more safety hazards than most other professions. California employees in this industry are fortunate because they might be more protected than health care workers in most other states. However, they face such a range of hazards -- many of them unexpected -- that injuries remain prevalent.