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Scaffolding inspections may prevent workplace accidents

With California's warm and relatively dry weather, construction crews can work year-round across the state. The men and women who make up these crews go to work every day, oftentimes with very little thought of their own personal safety while on the job. Yet, a construction accident can leave a worker with serious injuries and losses that can take quite a toll. They may suffer from damages such as medical expenses and lost wages, and they may be unable to work to help pay their bills while they recover from their injuries.

Fortunately, federal and state regulations aim to keep workers safe from workplace accidents. One area of construction that regulators assess is scaffolding. Approximately 65 percent of construction workers utilize scaffolding to perform their jobs, and accidents that involve scaffolding falls are typically more serious. Therefore, regulators from OSHA often inspect scaffolding for both design and construction.

Whiplash basics

Anyone who has ever operated a motor vehicle understands that becoming involved in a car accident is a risk of the roadway. While some accidents are the result of unavoidable weather complications or road conditions, some accidents are the result of negligent drivers that might be distracted or under the influence.

Regardless of the circumstances, car accidents accompanied by medical injuries can lead to significant financial duress for families that cannot afford the added expenses. One of the most common injuries in car accidents is whiplash. Understanding this injury is the first step towards finding relief.

Statistics on the number of workplace injuries in California

Accidents occur every day in California. Some of these accidents are minor and do not affect the people involved very much. However, other accidents result in severe injuries to those involved. These injuries can change people's lives for a period of time. This can include being unable to work while they recover. While these accidents can also occur in many different locations, people expect to be safe in certain circumstances. One of these circumstances is while the person is at work. Employees expect that the employer will keep them safe so they can continue to do their job.

Despite this expectation, many people are still hurt on the job in California. In 2015, there were 470,600 reported workplace injuries. Of these injuries, 273,500 resulted in people missing time at work or being restricted in their ability to do their job. Some industries experienced more injuries than others. There were 65,100 injuries in the health care and social assistance industry, 51,300 injuries in the retail trade industry, 42,200 in the food and hospitality service industry, 39,900 in the manufacturing industry and thousands more in other industries.

How to dispute a medical exam for workers' compensation

When people in California go to work each day, they are usually just focused on what they need to do at their jobs. They don't usually think about whether they will be injured or not while they are working. Despite this, many people are injured on the job in all types of employment. These injuries can be very devastating for workers and their families if they rely on that income to meet their needs.  

To ensure that a worker can continue to pay their bills if they are unable to work due to the injury, workers are entitled to workers' compensation benefits. This can help pay for the medical bills and some of the workers' income while they are unable to work.  

Helping California residents after a workplace injury occurs

Some jobs are more dangerous than others, but regardless of what type of job it is workers rely on them to earn a living and provide for their families. If California residents are unable to work due to an injury, many would not be able to meet their monthly obligations and may incur significant medical bills as well.

Accidents can occur in any type of job. Oftentimes people associate workplace injuries with industrial jobs, construction jobs and other jobs that involve manual labor and heavy machinery. However, people who work in healthcare, truck drivers or other types of delivery drivers and even people who work in office settings for a business can be involved in a workplace accident.

Almond company fined for unsafe work conditions after accident

People in California have many different jobs in order to earn money to pay for their financial needs. These jobs are essential for many people and it is important that they are safe while they are working. When California residents are injured at work it may severely inhibit their ability to perform their jobs and provide for their financial needs. That is why there are a number of safety regulations that employers must follow in order to keep the employees safe.

Blue Diamond almond company was recently fined by an administrative law judge after an employee was severely injured in a workplace accident. One employee was driving a forklift with a load on it that blocked his view. Because his view was blocked he hit another employee that he did not see who was in front of the forklift. The judge found that the company violated a safety regulation that requires employers to ensure that forklift drivers travel with the load in the rear so they can see what is ahead of them. As a result the judge upheld a fine of $25,000 imposed on the employer.

OSHA released top 10 safety citations for 2016

By law, workplaces are required to provide a safe and healthful working environment for its employees. Every year, however, more than 4,500 workers are killed and about 3 million are injured due to workplace hazards.

Every October, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases a list of the 10 most frequently cited safety hazards of the fiscal year. The list is compiled based on 32,000 inspections conducted at workplaces around the United States. OSHA states that, if this list of safety hazards was properly addressed, we would see a dramatic decrease in serious workplace accidents, including deaths, amputations and hospitalizations.

Report urges federal involvement in state workers' comp laws

The U.S. Department of Labor released a report earlier this month on the workers' compensation system. Their recommendation is for further exploration into enacting federal oversight and federal minimum benefits for workers' compensation. Since workers' compensation is currently regulated at the state level, this could change circumstances significantly for some injured workers.

"Working people are at great risk of falling into poverty as a result of workplace injuries and the failure of state workers' compensation systems to provide them with adequate benefits," the report states.

New workers' comp laws to reduce treatment delays and fight fraud

Two newly-signed laws will help to improve California workers' compensation, and build upon reform efforts that began in 2012. These new laws, signed by Governor Jerry Brown on October 2, concentrate on cracking down on fraud by health care professionals and reducing the delays applicants experience in obtaining medical evaluations.

“With today’s actions on legislation, the Governor once again demonstrated his steadfast commitment to improving California’s workers' compensation system," said California Labor and Workforce Development Agency Secretary David M. Lanier. "“The reforms enacted today will further improve treatment of injured workers and crack down on those that seek to profit through fraud and deceit at the expense of workers and employers alike."

Investigation finds few overturned workers' comp claim denials

By law, those who are eligible for workers' compensation benefits should receive them. A recent investigation by the NBC Bay Area news, however, reveals that this may not always be the case in California. Instead, many injured workers face denials of their claims for their treatment claims and very few denials overturned during the appeals process. 

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