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Construction worker killed by prematurely disassembled trench box

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health reportedly determined that the April death of a worker in Oakland was preventable. The construction worker died while working in an underground excavation. This report follows the completion of an investigation that was launched immediately after the incident.

Workers' compensation: Wildfire smoke poses health hazards

With the raging wildfires in California, workers in Encino and other Los Angeles neighborhoods face severe health hazards due to the toxic quality of the air they breathe. Although the state-regulated workers' compensation system will likely provide financial assistance to employees who suffer illness or injury on the job, employers must protect workers from harm. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health provides guidelines for limiting exposure.

Workers' compensation: Chemical exposure kills bath refurbishers

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, one or more bathtub refinishers nationwide, including California, have died as the result of occupational methylene chloride exposure every year since 2000. This volatile organic compound is typically used to strip bathtubs by pouring it into the tub and then spreading it across the entire surface with a brush before refinishing them. Many workers' compensation claims involve methylene chloride exposure.

Rebar tower collapse injures 3 construction workers

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.

Workers' compensation: Factory worker dies in industrial accident

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.

Fatal fall might lead to workers' compensation claim

According to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, a significant number of workplace fatalities follow fall accidents. This is likely also reflected in the claims filed for workers' compensation benefits each year. One such a claim might be submitted by the surviving family members of a Caltrans worker who recently died in a work-related accident.

Construction workers: What is silicosis?

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health and federal safety authorities have strict regulations when it comes to silica exposure in the workplace. The risk of contracting silicosis is a reality for all construction workers. But what is silicosis? Silicosis is a deadly disease that results when workers inhale the very fine crystalline silica particles which are present in the dust on most construction sites.

What can put construction workers at increased risk for falls?

Falls are among the harmful accidents that sometimes occur at construction sites. It is pretty common for construction workers to being doing work from heights. This includes things like roof work, working from scaffolding and working from ladders. Suffering falls when doing such work can expose construction workers to major harm. In 2016, falls to a lower level were behind over a third of construction worker deaths in the United States.

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