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Do you risk your life while saving others?

If you are one of the brave paramedics in South Bay or another area in California who risk their lives every day to save others, each day will be like a box of chocolates -- you will never know where the next call will take you. What you will know is that, every time you rush to prevent an accident from becoming a tragedy, you might put your health, or even your life, on the line.

For most paramedics, making a difference outshines the dangers. However, learning how to deal with the potential risks might keep you safe.

Workplace injuries due to chemical exposure can be fatal

There is no doubt that workers in California and across the country can experience injuries while completing their job responsibilities. While many people who consider workplace injuries think of those that come from a fall or other similar accident, there are many people who become ill as a result of exposure to a chemical. In fact, a man in another state recently lost his life following exposure to fumes from a chemical.

The incident involved a 32-year-old man who worked as the general manager of a Buffalo Wild Wings. According to a preliminary investigation conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a different employee attempted to clean the kitchen floor with two different substances, Scale Kleen and Super 8, a cleaner that contains sodium hypochlorite. The two substances reportedly interacted with one another, creating toxic fumes.

California Highway Patrol officer suffers work-related injuries

Most people in California and across the country are aware that police officers put their lives at risk on the job every day. While the most prevalent belief likely centers around the most common cause of harm coming from those they interact with who may be suspected of a crime, members of the California Highway Patrol who spend a great deal of time of the roadways could also suffer work-related injuries due to traffic accidents. Unfortunately, such appears to be the case for one officer.

The incident that sent the veteran police officer to the hospital reportedly happened around 9:15 a.m. on a day in October. According to reports, the officer was riding a motorcycle when he struck the rear of a vehicle. He was ejected from the motorcycle while it continued on into other lanes where it was struck by another vehicle.

Mental health illnesses experienced by EMTs, paramedics

When most people in California and across the country consider work-related injuries, they often think of physical injuries caused by a single accident or that occur due to repeated motions over a period of time. However, depending on the profession, workers can also face increased susceptibility to psychological illnesses. In fact, those who work as paramedics and emergency medical technicians often experience such illnesses as a result of the trauma they repeatedly witness.

Studies indicate that those who work as paramedics and EMTS experience higher rates of substance abuse, suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder and major depressions when compared to the general population. Additionally, such workers also experience higher risks of physical health concerns. Often, these first responders are required to make life-and-death decisions on little sleep with little to no time to decompress afterward.

Police investigating fatal industrial accident

There are a variety of different potential hazards in workplaces in California and across the country. Many of them are known, allowing workers an opportunity to prepare for them. Others, however, are more unexpected. In fact, a man in another state recently lost his life in an industrial accident involving a dump truck.

Reports indicate that the accident happened around 6 a.m. on a day in mid-October. According to reports. A 72-year-old man started a dump truck to warm it up. While the dump truck idled, he reportedly returned to his personal vehicle.

Do you know what steps to take after a work accident?

What should you do after a work accident? How can you be sure that you will get everything you need for recovery? Walking through the aftermath of this type of accident is never easy, and it is often complicated to deal with workers' compensation insurance companies. You will find it helpful to know how to avoid problems with this process and what steps you should be taking.

Workers' compensation claims are time sensitive. It is in your interests to move quickly to file your claim, but where should you start? Knowing what to do after an accident in the workplace can help you protect your interests. You have certain rights as an injured California employee, including the right to seek help and pursue benefits for your post-accident needs.

Fatal workplace accident under investigation

For the many different workers in California and across the country, reporting to a work shift is likely just another part of their routine. Most every one reports to work expecting that will return to their home and family generally in the same condition in which they left. Unfortunately, that is not always the case if a worker is involved in a workplace accident.

In fact, a fatal incident in another state is currently under investigation. Though the victim's identity was not released in the immediate aftermath of the accident, reports indicate that the accident involved a 37-year-old man. The worker was reportedly working on an asphalt milling machine in the bay of a garage.

Artificial stone countertops lead to work-related illness

When people in California design their new home or plan a remodel of their kitchen or bath, there are likely a multitude of different issues that they take into consideration. Most of these surround their personal preferences and cost of material and installation. Unfortunately, some people are urging those making such decisions to determine whether certain safety practices are in place if they are considering the use of artificial stone countertops. Reports indicate that these countertops can lead to a work-related illness.

The engineered countertops are composed primarily of silica. Silica is a mineral that can cause serious lung damage if inhaled. Inhalation can lead to silicosis, a potentially progressive disease that has no treatment other than a lung transplant. 

Who qualifies for workers' compensation in California?

People in California and across the country could spend as much time completing their work-related tasks as they spend in their own homes. Regardless of the nature of a person's occupation, he or she could face a variety of different injuries as a result of completing these tasks. As such, state laws require that most employers provide workers' compensation insurance benefits for their employees.

These benefits cover a variety of different injuries. In fact, a person who suffers from carpal tunnel, a repetitive motion injury, may deserve compensation as could a person who suffers a broken leg due to a fall from a ladder. Compensation is not limited to those who have physical injuries; those suffering from depression or anxiety, and other effects on their mental health, as a result of their work responsibilities may also deserve compensation.

Fatal industrial accident under investigation

While there is a risk of suffering a workplace injury regardless of what type of job a person in California has, those who work with heavy machinery may face additional risks of injury when compared to other occupations. In fact, a man in another state was recently killed in an industrial accident involving heavy machinery. Reports indicate that the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

The accident reportedly happened before 6:30 a.m. on a day in September. According to reports, workers at R&R Contracting arrived at work and discovered an unresponsive man. While reports regarding the incident leave many details unclear, it reportedly involved a forklift.

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