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California worker dies after falling off of truck

A worker in California has tragically passed away after he fell from a truck. The incident, as reported by the Los Angeles Fire Department, happened in North Hollywood. It took place on Tujunga Avenue, a spokesperson said, at around 3:25 p.m. on Friday, June 7.

The man who died was a city worker. He was riding on the truck and placing cones on the road when he apparently slipped and fell.

8 types of neck injuries you could suffer at work

A minor neck injury, like a crick in the neck, can still be problematic enough that you feel like you can't turn your head. If you've ever woken up with one after sleeping in the wrong position, you know that you may have limited mobility unless you actively reach up and push on your chin with your hand. It's very limiting and can impact your ability to work, exercise, participate in hobbies and much more.

And that's just a minor injury that does not require medical care. It may go away all on its own if you just give it a day or two.

Can I lose my workers’ compensation benefits if I lose my job?

One question you may have if awaiting a decision on a workers’ compensation benefits claim is whether you lose your benefits if you become laid off or fired from your job. In an ideal world, employers would not penalize or terminate workers who incur injuries from workplace accidents, but in the real world, it happens all the time. Usually, denials are to delay or deny benefit claims and discourage injured workers from appealing. Though your benefits involve a variety of factors, your employment status does not automatically disbar you from receiving benefits. 

The conditions surrounding an employment layoff or termination can affect your right to continue receiving benefits. It is important for you to understand your obligations and how an employer’s actions may affect your workers’ compensation benefits. 

Key facts about amputation injuries

Amputation injuries are a serious risk for construction workers who have to use hand tools and heavy machinery every day. They can be life-changing, perhaps making it so that the person can never work again. Even with quick medical care, an amputation injury is often permanent and there is nothing that doctors can do.

To help you understand the risks you face, here are a few key facts about these catastrophic injuries:

  • Partial amputations often allow for the damaged limb to remain attached, as the muscle, tissue or bone has not been completely severed, but they sometimes require doctors to finish the amputation when damage is too severe.
  • A complete amputation, conversely, means that the limb has been completely disconnected on the site.
  • The easiest amputations to reattach are those involving sharp edges and clean cuts, as the surrounding tissue does not get damaged.
  • The hardest amputations to reattach -- it's often impossible -- are crush injuries. These not only severe the limb but also cause extensive soft tissue damage.
  • When a limb is severed with a stretching, pulling motion, it's called an avulsion amputation. Since the tissues tear at multiple levels and in different places, it leads to extensive damage, and in most cases, doctors cannot reattach the limb.

The high dangers of arc welding

An arc welder is a very useful tool in construction and metal fabrication, but it's also a very dangerous one. It's never a tool that a worker should use without proper training, experience and personal protective equipment. To do so greatly increases the odds of serious burn injuries and other types of on-the-job injuries. These can be life-changing and sometimes fatal.

Just a few of the risks that workers may face when using an arc welder include:

  • Severe burns
  • Open fires
  • Toxic fumes
  • Dust inhalation
  • Explosions
  • Radiation
  • Electrical shocks
  • Heat stress
  • Noise exposure

Common workplace risks and fatal injuries

Even if you survive an on-the-job injury, it can change your life forever. If you pass away, it is your family that feels the impact for years to come. Despite the way that workplaces have generally gotten safer in the last 100 years, recent years have seen an uptick in accidents, and it is important for workers to know the risks.

After all, 5,147 workers lost their lives in 2017, per recent reports. In 2016, it was even worse, with 5,190 deaths. It is clear that the risk isn't going anywhere, with hundreds of workers dying every month.

Company fined after worker dies in machine

A worker at Aardvark Clay & Supplies, Inc. passed away in a tragic accident when he was entangled in a pug mill, which is a clay manufacturing machine. In the wake of the accident, Cal/OSHA recently decided to fine the company in excess of $250,000.

According to reports, the citations are for "willful failure" to put guards in place to keep workers from getting caught in the machine. In fact, it appears that they had removed the safety guards prior to use. Moreover, they had allegedly neglected to train the worker regarding how to use the pug mill safely.

Common causes of bus driver injuries

Driving a bus may be a simple and easy job at times, but it can also be stressful and dangerous. Just because you sit most of the time does not mean you do not deal with workplace hazards. Approximately 5,780 local, state and intercity bus drivers got hurt while working in 2013.

If you suffer an injury while driving a bus, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. But you can reduce the risk of getting hurt by knowing about the most common hazards and safety guidelines. 

Young workers face higher risks on the job

When looking at the risk of serious injury or even death on the job, studies have found that young workers face an elevated level of risk when compared to their older coworkers. With millions of young people working during the summer and even through the school year, this is something that safety officials cannot ignore.

One important area to dig into is why the risks are higher for younger workers. What is it that makes them more prone to these serious accidents? A few reasons include:

  • They simply do not have as much experience as older workers.
  • They may face physical challenges due to their smaller size.
  • They could lack the strength and ability to use certain types of equipment and machinery.
  • The personal protective equipment that was designed for adults -- hardhats, gloves and safety glasses, for instance -- may not fit young workers correctly.
  • Young people's brains are still developing and their cognitive control systems may not equal those of the adults they work with.
  • Young workers tend to underestimate the risks, meaning they may engage in behaviors that older workers would know to avoid.

Teenage construction worker run over by forklift

A construction worker in California has died after a tragic accident in which he was apparently run over by a forklift. He was just 19 years old.

The incident happened in Rohnert Park, and it occurred on February 27, right around 10 a.m.

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