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Can you beat the heat while working as a landscaper this summer?

Thousands of California workers suffer heat-related illnesses each year. While construction workers and other outdoor workers are at the highest risks, your job as a landscaper puts you in harm's way -- especially if you are a student taking on landscaping as a summer job. Safety authorities report that a significant percentage of fatalities from heat-related illnesses occur within the first three days of starting a job, and of those cases, more than one in three workers die on day one.

Although your safety is your employer's responsibility, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides a Heat Safety Tool app that workers can download onto their Android devices or iPhones for their own protection. The app can help you to calculate the heat index and warn you when risk levels rise.

Worker suffers crush injury in industrial accident

Many places of employment in California and across the country are dedicated to safety. Despite this dedication, however, a workplace accident can still happen, leaving an employee struggling both financially and physically. Unfortunately, a worker in another state recently suffered a crush injury while at his place of employment.

The incident reportedly happened during the afternoon hours of a day in May. The victim's identity was not released in the aftermath of the accident. However, reports indicate that he worked as the maintenance supervisor of Pine Products, a sawmill.

Can workers' compensation help after a construction injury?

Working in the construction industry can be an extremely satisfying experience. Many construction workers in California enjoy putting their skills to use at a job where they can see the results of their labor, and the compensation is usually fairly good too. Unfortunately, no amount of workplace satisfaction and good paychecks can protect a person from a workplace accident and the resulting injuries and aftermath. Workers' compensation can help, though.

Workers' compensation is not always understood. Some construction workers might not even realize that they qualify for workers' comp after being injured on the job, especially if they think their injuries are not as serious as someone else's. This is certainly not the case. Anyone who was hurt while at work and needs help addressing their injuries can file for workers' compensation.

1 killed, 2 missing, 4 injured in explosive industrial accident

Employees in California and across the country often face many hazards as they complete their required work-related obligations. While they may go to great lengths to follow best safety practices, an industrial accident can still occur. Depending on the nature of the accident, the lives of multiple people could be at stake. Unfortunately, reports indicate that at least one person was killed in an explosion in another state, but more fatalities are expected.

The incident happened at AB Specialty Silicones. According to reports, an explosion happened at approximately 9:30 p.m. on a day in early May. The blast reportedly broke windows in and otherwise damaged buildings near the site. Those who live nearby reported hearing a sound like a bomb and described the walls of their house shaking.

Fatal workplace accident remains under investigation

When working with heavy machinery, there are multiple safety precautions that must be followed. Unfortunately, even workers in California and across the country who follow all safety recommendations can find themselves involved in a workplace accident. In fact, a woman in another state recently lost her life in an incident at work.

The reported incident is said to have happened on a day in late April. The accident happened at Economy Locker Storage, Co. Reports indicate that the 35-year-old victim was standing on stairs beside what reports describe as in industrial-size meat grinder.

Fatal construction accident under investigation

While all jobs in California and across the country hold some degree of risk of injury, occupations related to construction can be especially dangerous. Those who work with heavy equipment are likely aware of the importance of taking all safety precautions; however, accidents can still happen. Unfortunately, a fatal construction accident in another state is under investigation.

The accident involved the death of a 34-year-old man. Reports indicate that the man was working at a construction site just after 3 a.m. on a day in mid-April. According to reports, workers were attempting to assemble a crane.

Forklift accidents are almost always preventable

If you work in a California warehouse, distribution center, construction site or even the stock room of a large retail store, you know how much you depend on your forklift. A forklift allows you to stack and store items at much higher heights than you could reach on your own. This means your building can hold many more items, including heavy or bulky items that you can move around easily.

Unfortunately, along with the advantages of a heavy piece of machinery like a forklift comes the disadvantages. A forklift is one of the most dangerous tools a worker can use, resulting in nearly 100,000 injuries each year, about 85 of which are fatal. While you may take comfort in having workers' compensation to cover any injuries you suffer on the job, the best course of action is taking precautions to avoid accidents in the first place.

Work-related injuries often due to unsafe acts

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health requires employers to provide safe work environments. Not all business owners comply, and unsafe conditions cause many on-the-job accidents. However, safety authorities say unsafe acts by workers contribute to a significant percentage of work-related injuries in all industries.

Doing the same job for many years without adverse incidents breeds complacency, which causes workers to believe nothing can go wrong. This familiarity also leads to workers taking shortcuts, which increases the risks of suffering workplace injuries. Distractions in the work environment often threaten workers' lives, and mental distractions such as issues at home or in their personal lives could prevent workers from focusing on the tasks at hand.

California officer killed in work-related accident

While all jobs hold some degree of risk of injury, those who work as police officers in California and across the country actively go toward danger as part of their job responsibilities. Unfortunately, they may suffer serious injuries or even lose their lives in a work-related accident. In fact, family members and friends are still mourning the loss of a veteran patrol officer after he was killed, allegedly by a drunk driver.

The incident that led to the 53-year-old California Highway Patrol officer's death happened during the afternoon hours of a day in early April. The motorcycle officer had reportedly pulled over a sedan onto the shoulder of the road. Unfortunately, police claim that a 36-year-old male driver allowed his vehicle to cross onto the shoulder, striking both the officer and the vehicle that he had pulled over.

California work accident remains under investigation

The average occupation holds some degree of risk. That risk likely depends on the type of task being completed and could happen for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, reports indicate that a recent fatal incident in California was the result of a work accident.

The incident reportedly happened during the early morning hours of a day in late March. Though reports indicate that the victim was a man in his 60s, his identity is said to have been withheld during the immediate aftermath as police work to notify family members. A representative from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was at the scene following the accident.

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