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7 people killed in trench collapses since start of 2020

All occupations hold some degree of risk. Unfortunately, some are significantly more risky than others. For example, workers in California and across the country who are required to work in or near trenches could face significant harm in trench collapses.

Unfortunately, several workers have lost their lives in such events since the start of the new year. In fact, reports from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration indicate that seven people were killed in January and February. In comparison, three were killed during the same time period in 2017, and two 2018 and 2019.

Industrial accident involving explosion results in fatality

Most workers in California and across the country are committed to safety, prompting them to follow all safety recommendations. Unfortunately, despite a variety of safety-conscious measures, an industrial accident can still occur, resulting in serious injury or, in some cases, death. In fact, a recent incident that resulted in a worker's death remains under investigation.

The accident reportedly happened on a day in March. Rescue workers say that they responded to a business, Hyper Comp Engineering, after receiving multiple phone calls about an explosion. Upon their arrival, they discovered damage consistent with a sudden combustion.

What do you need to get back to work after a workplace accident?

When a person suffers an injury in workplace accident, it is more than an inconvenience. This event can lead to a ripple effect of financial loss and other complications, but workers' compensation benefits can offset that disruption. These benefits can provide coverage of medical care, lost wages and more, and it can also help an injured worker eventually get back to work. 

If you were hurt in a workplace accident, you may need to know about rehabilitation benefits. These benefits can provide you with certain types of help that you may need as you are ready to reenter the workforce or get back to your previous job. This can be a difficult transition, and it's important to make sure you have what you need. You don't want to leave any benefits on the table.

Cause of 2 fatalities in work accident under investigation

While there is often great debate about the effects of drilling for oil on the environment in California and across the country, the risks that workers in such an occupation face are discussed less frequently. Unfortunately, a work accident can happen that can put the lives of employees at risk. In fact, two men were recently killed in an accident at an oil drilling site in another state; the cause remains under investigation.

The incident occurred on a day in early March. Police say that they arrived at the scene and discovered two men, ages 28 and 24, lying on the ground. Reports indicate that they were unconscious and not breathing; they were pronounced dead at the scene. 

Worker injured in California work accident at construction site

Many people in California pass construction sites without much thought about the effort that workers put into making new buildings and other structures, sometimes putting their own lives at risk. However, the fact is that many construction workers are involved in work-related accidents each year. In fact, one construction worker recently suffered serious injuries in a work accident.

The accident involved a construction worker on the grounds of a California university. According to reports, the victim, said to be in his 20s, fell into a trench one afternoon on a day in February. Rescue workers were reportedly able to remove him from the trench using a pulley system.

Firefighters rescue worker following industrial accident

When people in California think of dangerous jobs, the first things that come to mind often include first responders such as firefighters and police officers. However, there are many occupations, such as those involving the use of heavy machinery, that are equally as dangerous to workers. In fact, a recent industrial accident in another state has sent a man to the hospital.

Rescue workers were reportedly called to the scene around 7 a.m. on a day February. Reports indicate that the accident happened at a distribution center for a clothing company specializing in big and tall men's clothing. He reportedly became entangled in a piece of machinery. Specifically, his chest reportedly became caught when he fell onto a conveyor belt. 

Man killed in workplace accident at California vineyard

Many people may not realize that any occupation requiring the use of heavy machinery could result in workplace injuries. Even workers who are committed to safety could face unexpected conditions -- such as a broken down machine that requires repair -- that could ultimately put their lives at risk. For example, a tragic workplace accident at a California vineyard recently resulted in a fatality.

The incident reportedly happened during the morning hours of a day in early February. According to reports, the victim was a farmworker who had been using a tractor to complete work-related tasks. When the tractor stopped working, he reportedly exited it before attempting to fix it.

Workplace accident results in fatality in California

There are a variety of dangerous occupations in the United States -- often those most people would not generally consider when thinking of work-related dangers are the jobs that have the most risks. In fact, a recent workplace accident in California shows how certain occupations can be dangerous. As a result of the accident, a man lost his life.

The incident happened one morning on a day in late January. According to reports, a 37-year-old tree trimmer was working for Clements Tree Service Inc. to remove trees for a homeowners' association. Unfortunately, reports indicate that a falling tree struck the man, causing traumatic injuries to his body and head.

Silica dust still posing major risk to workers

When you go to work, you may not give a lot of thought to the things that could potentially cause you harm. You might not think about the risks you face that could lead to a workplace accident or the environmental factors that could make you ill. However, certain types of workplaces come with more risks than others, including the risk of silica dust exposure. 

Silica is a substance that can lead to certain types of health problems when inhaled. The dust is prevalent in certain types of tasks and when using certain types of materials, and exposure is a particular concern for those who work in the countertop industry. It has been a concern for decades, and some believe that regulations regarding silica are not strong enough to really protect the health of workers.

Officials investigate fatal work-related incident

There are likely multiple safety hazards in every workplace in the United States, regardless of the type of work that occurs there. As such, organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have regulations in place to protect workers from injuries related to a work-related incident. Because accidents can happen despite these measures, employers in California and across the country are required to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits; a family in another state may qualify for these following a recent fatal accident.

The incident reportedly happened on a day in January. According to reports, the victim was a 60-year-old man who was described as a senior employee at Techmetals, Inc. Officials believe that the man fell into a tank of liquid chromic acid.

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