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The primary health hazards for law enforcement workers

Your job as a law enforcement officer in Southern California poses numerous hazards of physical injuries, but how prepared are you for the health risks you face? Research shows that police work correlates with multiple ailments, diseases and illnesses. Certain conditions are significantly more prevalent among police officers than any other occupation.

The two things that cause most health problems among law enforcement workers are stress and shift work. Unfortunately, both are aspects of your job that you cannot avoid. You might be on a permanent night shift cycle or rotate between day and night shifts. The fact that you never know where the next call will take you makes stress par for the course in your occupation.

Deputy dies in work-related accident

All jobs in California and across the country hold some degree of risk of injury. Some, however, hold greater risks of being more severely injured. For example, first responders are often required go toward dangerous situations in which others are fleeing. Even tasks that are deemed "routine" for law enforcement officers, for example, can result in serious harm. In fact, a sheriff's deputy was recently killed in a work-related accident that happened in another state.

The incident reportedly happened just prior to 8 a.m. on a day in early July. Though some of the details of the incident remain unclear, a deputy and his partner reportedly pulled over a vehicle on an interstate for a traffic violation. After the trooper exited his vehicle, he was apparently struck by a passing motorist.

California Highway Patrol officer injured in accident

When some people in California think about dangerous occupations, the first one that comes to mind is often that of police officers. Officers are frequently required to go toward dangerous situations when most people are running away from them. Unfortunately, one law enforcement officer was recently injured in a work accident involving a collision.

The incident happened during the late night hours of a day in late June. According to reports, the officer was trying to help a driver whose vehicle had broken down. Afterward, he attempted to re-enter traffic when he was allegedly sideswiped by a vehicle that reports claim was traveling at a high rate of speed.

Industrial accident: Man injured while working on AC unit

Most workers in California are aware of the potential of being involved in an accident while at work. Despite this knowledge, it is difficult to be fully prepared in the event an industrial accident does occur. In fact, the family of a man recently injured in an out-of-state accident is worried about their financial future after he suffered serious injuries at work.

The 53-year-old victim reportedly worked for Hussman Corporation. Reports indicate that he was working on an air conditioning unit located at a Randalls Store around 11:30 a.m. on a day in late June. According to reports, a rupture in the unit occurred, causing a serious injury to the man's knee.

Fatal California work accident under investigation

All jobs, regardless of what they are, hold some degree of risk of injury. Depending on the job, the possibility of suffering a serious -- or fatal -- injury may be higher. Unfortunately, a government employee in California recently lost his life in a work accident that remains under investigation.

The accident that resulted in the fatality happened during the afternoon hours of a day in early June. According to reports, the worker was on a tow truck when he fell. Unfortunately, he reportedly struck his head in the fall.

Operating a forklift leaves you vulnerable to serious injuries

Forklifts have become essential pieces of equipment in many workplaces in California. If you are a forklift operator, it is your employer's responsibility to protect your safety. Many of the thousands of lift truck-related accidents that occur each year involve inadequately trained operators. Your employer must ensure that you receive training in the operation of each machine you operate.

It is also your employer's responsibility to inform you of the hazards you will face and how to mitigate them. Although forklift accidents can cause catastrophic or fatal injuries, you should not lose sight of the many common injuries that can burden you with medical expenses and lost wages.

California postal worker injured in work-related accident

Most people would likely assume that postal workers face relatively few risks while in the workplace. However, many who work for the U.S. Postal Service spend a great deal of time driving, putting them at risk of being involved in a work-related accident should they encounter a negligent driver, for example. In fact, a postal worker in California was recently transported to the hospital after she was reportedly involved in an accident involving a pickup truck.

The incident happened on a day in June. Police reports claim that a female driver was headed west on a California roadway when she failed to stop at a stop sign. Police report that, as a result, the pickup truck struck a southbound USPS truck. The pickup truck ultimately came to a stop in a canal.

Workers' compensation: 2 officers seriously injured in crash

Police officers in California and across the country have difficult jobs. Often, they are required to speed toward dangers. While most everyone knows the importance of yielding to emergency vehicles with flashing lights engaged, not everyone does it all the time. In fact, two police officers in another state were recently injured and may qualify for workers' compensation insurance benefits after reports indicate a driver failed to yield to them.

The incident happened on a day in early June. According to reports, the officers, ages 23 and 25, were responding to reports of shots fired. Unfortunately, they reportedly crashed head-on with a dump truck driven by a 22-year-old male in an intersection.

Getting help from repetitive motion injuries caused by work

When most people in California think about workplace injuries, they often think of the catastrophic -- or even fatal -- injuries that come with falls or working with heavy machinery. However, some injuries -- known as repetitive motion injuries -- may develop over a period of time, and though they may not seem as serious, they can be equally as debilitating. Those suffering from such injuries in California often deserve workers' compensation insurance benefits but may be unsure how to secure them.

Unfortunately, those suffering from injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis and tendinitis could potentially face denials from insurance companies; these painful conditions are caused by repeating the same motions. As such, many of the victims turn to the Law Offices of Antony E. Gluck, PC for help as they seek the benefits to which they may be entitled. Our law firm has over 20 years of experience helping injured workers.

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