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October 2014 Archives

Workplace Fatalities Linked To An Improving Economy

A recent study reveals an alarming statistic - as the economy improves, the number of work place accidents and deaths increase.  The Press-Enterprise investigation evaluated federal workplace accident data concerning San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, and California as a whole. Statistics show that for these southern California counties, an average of 16 people die each year in workplace accidents.  This number is likely greater because many incidents go unreported.  Further, statistics indicate that when the economy is on the upswing and more people are working, fatal incidents become more prevalent.  For example in 2006, when the unemployment rate was the lowest in recent years, 29 workplace deaths were reported.  However, only 8 work place deaths were cited in 2009, when more people lacked jobs.  The study's authors note that statewide, 375 workplace deaths occurred in 2012.  The most dangerous sectors?  Manufacturing and farming.  

California levee workers suffer injuries from chemical spray

A company in California is facing fines after spraying a pesticide too closely to a levee where construction employees were working. The incident happened in July, but it was back in the news after a plane was recorded dropping a whitewash over a nearby orchard near the levee in September. While dispersing these substances isn't illegal, Sutter County officials told the company that they must give notice to levee workers when a pesticide drop is about to occur.

General Contractors May Be Held Liable For Injuries That Occur In Construction Site Accidents

The recent Santa Clarita, California Six Flags Magic Mountain construction site accident underscores the potential dangers that exist for workers at work sites and raises questions concerning who is responsible for injuries when accidents do occur.  The recent incident happened when a welder's torch ignited a fire near the tip of the Colossus roller coaster that was undergoing renovation. Thankfully there were no injuries.  However, Federal OSHA data reveals that there have been four accidents at Magic Mountain in the past 10 years, with the most involving injuries to construction site employees working on rides.

Southern California family wins $10.45 million verdict in lawsuit

A civil court jury recently decided that CBS Television Studios must pay $10.45 million in damages to the family of a security guard killed on the set of a popular television show. The decedent's family filed the wrongful death lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court in 2012.

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