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July 2014 Archives

How do state and federal workplace safety agencies differ?

California readers may be aware that there is a state agency devoted to job safety and health programs, called the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA. However, there may be confusion about the distinction between CAL/OSHA and its federal counterpart, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Can You Receive Workers' Compensation Benefits For Injuries That Occur While Commuting?

Workers' compensation laws were designed to provide certain benefits to employees injured on the job.  Benefits typically include such things as medical care, temporary and permanent disability payments, and supplemental job displacement benefits.  Your family may also receive death benefits if you die from a job injury or illness. 

Several Legal Issues Raised In California Crane Accident

On Friday, May 30th two Bay Area men died in a tragic Yolo County crane accident.  According to SF Gate, the two men were working at a bridge construction site in Winters, California when the basket that was hoisting them came loose.  The basket fell nearly 80 feet, and crashed into timber covering a 30-foot hole below. The construction site accident remains under investigation.

Accident Injuring Tracy Morgan Sheds Light On Dangers of Commercial Truck Driver Fatigue

On Saturday, June 7th a major truck accident seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair.  The tractor-trailer crashed into a limo bus on the New Jersey turnpike that was carrying Morgan and several others.   Initial reports indicate that the truck driver - Wal-Mart trucker Kevin Roper - hadn't slept for more than 24 hours.  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. President Bill Simon stated that his company "will take full responsibility" if investigations conclude its truck caused the accident.

Advocating for worker safety even in dangerous industries

Although the stated mission of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration is to assure safe and healthful workplace conditions for all workers throughout the country, the fact remains that some jobs may present more frequent risks of hazardous conditions than others.

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