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Warnings about workplace injuries at California store ignored

An employee has a right to safety as well as a responsibility to report dangerous conditions on the job. Improper training, ignorance of safety protocols and poorly maintained equipment can lead to injury or even death for workers. When an attentive employee reports such violations to leadership, the expectation is that the dangerous situations will be rectified. In California, one man was recently killed and another man fired as a result of safety issues at a popular retail donation store. 

What happens if a claim for workplace injuries is denied?

After being hurt on the job, many California employees file claims to have their medical and other costs paid for -- just as they were told to do. They begin to receive medical treatment and take time off work to recover only to find out that their claims for workplace injuries were denied. Panic sets in since medical care is expensive, and they wonder about running out of sick time. Fortunately, there is an appeals process for denied claims.

Excavator operator suffers fatal workplace injuries

Construction company owners in California are responsible for the safety and health of all their employees. This includes making sure that operators of all equipment are properly certified to work on the machines to which they are assigned. Employers who fail to comply with the safety regulations as prescribed by the California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration may create circumstances in which serious workplace injuries can be suffered, and even deaths.

Workplace injuries: Summer heat threatens California farm workers

Reportedly, high temperatures are expected early this summer, and the California Division of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration urged owners of farms and supervisors to take care of agricultural workers who are exposed to excessive outdoor heat. The agency used a recent heat safety-training program to remind employers of the farmworker who succumbed to the effects of heat exhaustion last year. The training aimed to make crew bosses and supervisors aware of the symptoms they need to look out for to prevent heat illness, which can be as dangerous as any other workplace injuries.

Workplace injuries: Carpal tunnel syndrome difficult to prove

California workers who spend hours on assembly lines, repeating the same movements over and over again, are at risk for developing repetitive stress injuries. This group of workplace injuries affects muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves -- often very painful. Even office workers who spend hours typing or doing other repetitive work can face difficulties.

Too many workplace injuries in California tree trimming industry

The nature of the work of tree trimmers in California will always put them at significant risks. According to the California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, four workers suffered fatal workplace injuries within a six-week period starting on Dec.1. On that day, a branch struck and killed a tree trimmer and suffocation by palm fronds caused another worker's death three days later. After falling 60 feet, a trimmer died on Jan.6, and an employee who was clearing a tree away from a power line was struck and killed on Jan.9.

When workplace injuries have fatal consequences

A California man was recently killed while on the job. He is not the first and, sadly, won't be the last. When workplace injuries have fatal consequences, it can leave surviving family members emotionally and financially devastated. Thankfully, work comp death benefits may be able to help in the aftermath.

When workplace injuries result in CRPS

When injured on the job, temporary pain is generally expected. What happens, though, if pain persists long after an injury occurs? CRPS, or complex regional pain syndrome, is actually a fairly common thing following injuries to the peripheral or central nervous system. This type of pain can be debilitating and can affect one's personal and professional life. California residents whose workplace injuries result in CRPS may access workers' compensation benefits to cover their losses.

Can cannabis be used to treat workplace injuries?

Many individuals in California utilize medicinal marijuana for pain management. It is not the recommended treatment in all cases, but for some it works better than other drug options. While cannabis use may be legal in the state, it is not something that is generally covered to treat workplace injuries. Is this something that will change, though?

Appeal denied compensation for workplace injuries

The majority of employees in California are covered by workers' compensation benefits in the event that they suffer injuries while on the job. These benefits can be a life saver in more ways than one if they are ever needed. Unfortunately, many individuals who have suffered workplace injuries tend to find that their claims are denied or that full compensation is not awarded. If you find yourself in such a position, you may be able to take legal action.

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