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March 2015 Archives

OSHA standards reduce falling injuries

Construction workers in California might be interested in learning more about ways to reduce accidents associated with erecting exterior or interior walls. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration is responsible for ensuring that employers and employees follow the appropriate protocols in order to reduce the risk of preventable injuries occurring at the workplace. Fall-related injuries are especially prominent in the residential construction sector. Employers who fail to comply with OSHA standard may be liable for any resulting injuries.

Woman Killed In Fatal Martinez Construction Site Accident

San Francisco news reports that a woman was killed in Martinez after a gravel trailer crashed into her vehicle.  According to SF Gate, the 32-year-old woman was parked at a city construction site.   Although a construction worker asked the victim to move her car, before she was able to do so, a semi truck trailer toppled over, crushing her car and killing her instantly.

Failure To Follow Safety Guidelines Is Often The Root Cause Of Work Place Accidents

A year after the death of a woman killed on the movie set of the "Midnight Rider," friends and family called for a moment of silence to remember Sarah Jones, and to call attention to work place dangers on movie sets and work locations.  Jones was killed, and eight other people on the crew suffered serious personal injuries when a train sped through where they were shooting a film.   Numerous work place accidents have occurred on movie sets over the last several years, with this incident triggering greater awareness of safety issues.

Injured workers face high costs and low benefits

The difficulties faced by injured workers in California and throughout the country are highlighted in a new report from the Department of Labor. The report calls the workers' compensation system inadequate and estimates that only 21 percent of medical costs and lost wages are paid by workers' compensation. Workers are left trying to pay for the rest while making ends meet.

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