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Worker's injuries in industrial accident described as significant

When workers in California and across the country report to work, they likely expect that they will return to their homes in the same conditions in which they left. In fact, most go to great lengths to ensure their safety. Unfortunately, unforeseen incidents can occur, leaving workers suffering from serious injuries. In fact, a worker in another state was recently hospitalized following an industrial accident.

First responders report receiving a call during the early morning hours of a day in January. According to reports, the incident involved a worker at Holo-Krome, a machine shop where metal is hardened into bolts and nuts. The call involved a worker suffering from burns.

What type of benefits will you get from workers' comp?

A work accident can change your life in an instant, leaving you with painful injuries and medical bills that affect virtually every area of your life. It's not easy to know how to pick up the pieces and move forward after this type of incident, but thankfully, you probably have grounds to pursue benefits through a workers' compensation claim.

Workers' compensation is a type of insurance carried by an employer. The purpose of this coverage is to provide workers support in the event of a work-related accident or occupational illness. If you have grounds to move forward with a claim, it is in your interests to know about the various benefits available to you and how you can secure the full amount you need to get better and move forward.

Fatal accident may necessitate workers' compensation

Many people know that they can file a workers' compensation claim if they are injured while on the job. What some people don't realize is that if a loved one is killed in a workplace accident, the family may be able to collect workers' compensation. Doing so may help the family cover outstanding expenses that can often result from these kinds of tragedies. One California family may be facing this exact situation after a man died in a recent accident while on the job.

Officials report that the accident happened on a recent early afternoon when an employee became trapped under a conveyor system on top of an old, unused silo. Apparently, the worker used a cutting torch to take apart a portion of the conveyor motor when the structure fell on him. He and an employee trying to free him were dozens of feet off the ground at the top of the silo. First responders freed the worker and brought him down from the silo and then airlifted him to a nearby hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, the man did not survive.

Fatal industrial accident involved dump truck

There are a variety of different hazards in a typical workplace in California, especially for those who work with heavy equipment. Even workers who practice all recommended workplace health and safety standards can fall victim to a work-related accident. Unfortunately, a man in another state recently lost his life in an industrial accident, reportedly involving a dump truck.

Police and paramedics were reportedly called to the scene around 6 p.m. on a day in late December. According to reports, a 64-year-old man was attempting to repair the dump truck at the time the accident occurred. Upon arrival, first responders discovered a man trapped between the frame and bed of the truck.

Number of fatal workplace accidents increased in 2018

For many people in California and across the country, going to work is part of their daily routines. Unfortunately, a bad day on the job for some people could ultimately mean serious injury or even death. A report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics has shed additional light on incidents of fatal workplace accidents

According to the report, there was a slight increase in the number of fatalities from 2017 to 2018, with 5,250 deaths in 2018. Most of the deaths were transportation related, with 2,000 people -- approximately 40 percent -- killed in work-related transportation accidents. The second most common cause of fatalities in the workplace was related to contact with objects and equipment, including becoming caught in machinery or equipment or being struck by a falling object.

Health care workers suffer due to work-related assaults

When most people in California think of job-related injuries, they often think of harm caused by falls or equipment malfunctions. Unfortunately, a very real threat to many workers across the country is from assaults that occur on the job. Specifically, reports indicate that health care workers are the victims of the majority of work-related assaults.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, health care workers are the victims of approximately 75% of on-the job attacks. In fact, these workers reported over 730,000 assaults from 2009 to 2013, a number that is believed to be too low due to underreporting. These workers have reportedly been bitten, shot, kicked and shoved; some attacks resulted in fatalities.

Man undergoes multiple surgeries after workplace accident

The vast majority of workers in California and across the country go to great lengths to protect their own personal safety as well as the safety of their co-workers. Unfortunately, even the safest of workers can find themselves the victim of a workplace accident. In fact, a man in another state was reportedly seriously injured in a recent accident.

The incident is said to have happened during the evening hours of a day in December. According to reports, the man was working at Blandin Paper Company. Reports indicate that at the time of the accident, he was operating a crane, working to unload pulp wood.

Are you suffering the consequences of a forklift accident?

Forklifts are valuable pieces of equipment in various California industries. If you are a forklift operator in a warehouse or fulfillment center, this time of the year is particularly hazardous. Thousands of workers suffer forklift-related injuries during the rush to get the shelves of stores filled with merchandise for holiday shoppers.

Safety authorities say most forklift accidents are preventable. They urge employers to provide frequent safety training sessions to prevent complacency. If you have worked on a forklift for many years without any accidents or incidents that caused injuries to you or your co-workers, you may begin to take shortcuts and risk your own safety. It is not a good idea to lose sight of the potential forklift injuries, some of which are more common than others.

Workers' compensation: Man seriously injured in work accident

For many people in California, certain aspects of their job are relatively routine. Despite this, they are still at risk of becoming injured, which is why states require that employers provide workers' compensation insurance coverage. In fact, a man in another state may be entitled to comp benefits following an industrial accident.

The accident happened on a day in late November. According to reports provided by a representative of the union of which the victim was a member, the worker was a maintenance technician at a steel factory. While details of the accident are unclear, he was reportedly working on a blast furnace when he was struck by something.

Workplace accident leads to death of 2 UPS workers

At this time of year, people across the country are busily trying to complete their holiday shopping. For many, this means ordering items that will then be shipped. While the prospect of deals and free shipping is appealing to consumers, workers are then left to ship the items. Unfortunately, reports indicate that two UPS workers were recently killed in a workplace accident at an airport in California.

Many of the details of the accident are unclear. However, reports indicate that the local fire department contacted the California Division of Occupational and Safety and Health around 7:20 a.m. on a day in late November and notified the organization that a fatal accident had occurred. The incident is said to have involved a tug, a piece of equipment similar to a tractor that is used to move heavy loads. 

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