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April 2015 Archives

Fatal Petaluma Worksite Accident Reveals Construction Site Risks

A recent fatal Petaluma worksite accident underscores the dangers prevalent at many construction sites.  According to CBS San Francisco, a 28-year-old Novato man was killed at the construction site just west of U.S. Highway 101 in Petaluma when he was crushed by a large metal pipe. The pipe was 40 feet long and weighed more the 8,000 pounds.   Shortly after a forklift operator set the pipe on the ground, it began to roll toward an embankment.  The victim was killed as he attempted to stop the pipe's movement. Both Sonoma County officials as well asCalifornia's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) are investigating the factors that led to this accident.

Excavation work may pose risks to California workers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2000 to 2009, 350 workers were killed in trench collapses and cave-ins that occurred during excavations. In response, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has released information in an attempt to educate workers and employers on the dangers of excavation and steps that might be used to prevent accidents in the future.

Workplace safety and the responsibility of the employer

As some California employers may know, it is important to keep the workplace safe and provide care for injured employees. It is also mandatory for employers who have a certain number of workers to provide workers' compensation insurance. The Occupational Safety and Health Act provides guidance on how this should be done.

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