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Explaining what happens when an employee dies at work

For the most part, a large number of companies in the state of California follow the laws governing safety and other regulations to protect employees. There are a handful of companies that try to skirt these laws in an effort to save money. Employees also do their best to follow these laws and the procedures put in place by their employers. The sad fact of the matter is that accidents still happen and employees suffer serious injuries or even die on the job.

It is possible that the death of an employee, while on the job, could lead to workers' compensation benefits activating. These benefits are typically held for employees who are only injured on the job, but some policies could have clauses that allow for death benefits. California has a $10,000 benefit for burial expenses. Families with three dependents or more could also be eligible for $320,000 in the state.

How do I stay safe at a roadway work zone?

The roads in California seem to always be under construction. They are also a very dangerous place because of all the congestion. Construction workers are at risk of getting injured or killed on the job each day they step foot in one of these work zones. Here are some important safety tips for roadway work zones in San Diego and beyond.

Traffic should be controlled properly at or near all roadside construction zones. This can be done using flares, cones, blocking devices, warning signs, detour signs and large trucks. Place large trucks ahead of the zone as a buffer if the crew is working in one of the travel lanes or on the shoulder.

Construction workers and the high risk for back injuries

As a California construction worker, your job requires you to lift, hold and carry heavy construction equipment and materials on a daily, often hourly, basis. Therefore, your back suffers constant strain, and this strain takes its toll over time. It may surprise you to learn that musculoskeletal disorders among construction workers account for a full 25 percent of all work-related injuries, and nearly 40 percent of these conditions are the result of back injuries

Any type of musculoskeletal disorder causes you to feel pain, often severe, because it affects your back’s muscles, tendons and nerves. In 2014 alone, construction workers had to take an average of eight days off to recover from their back injuries, resulting in lost wages of more than $46 million.

The process for filing workers' comp claims in California

As with any type of filing, there is a process you must follow in the state of California if you need to file a workers' compensation claim. Suffering an injury on the job can put you in a difficult financial situation. The only way for some to climb out of this situation is by receiving workers' compensation benefits. Follow the tips outlined in this post to properly file your claim.

You will need to complete the employee section on Form DWC-1 when filing a workers' compensation claim. This section will ask for your name, address, phone number and details of the injury. You need to be as specific as possible when explaining the injury you suffered.

How to report a construction site accident in California

Accidents on construction sites are avoidable, but they also happen with even the best safety measures in place. When a construction site accident occurs in San Diego, it is important for all involved to report it as soon as possible. Reporting an accident is not something you should be afraid to do. It's something that is within your rights as an employee.

A construction site accident should be reported as soon as possible. The longer you wait to report an accident, the more difficult it will be to remember the details should the situation turn into a lawsuit or other court case. The first step in reporting a construction accident is to make sure all involved are medically evaluated immediately.

3 parties that may be liable for road construction accidents

Road construction seems to be happening all over southern California. As frustrating as roadwork may be for residents and motorists in the area, it is important to recognize that construction workers are putting their lives on the line to perform these jobs.

Whether crews are fixing potholes on residential roads or completely reconstructing part of a highway, they are on a construction site. And sadly, they are in danger of being injured in a serious accident. In fact, according to statistics from the Federal Highway Administration, about 70 work zone crashes result in an injury every day. As such, it can be important to understand who causes accidents in these settings and what victims can do about it.

What is a traumatic brain injury?

Workers in any industry can be at risk of having a heavy piece of equipment fall and hit them in the head or body. These common injuries can cause serious damage.

One such type of injury is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI is typically the result of experiencing a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. These injuries can affect brain cells temporarily or for the long term, depending on their severity. In some cases, a TBI can be fatal.

How to apply for workers' compensation

Filling out forms and following procedures are not the first things on your mind when you are the victim of a workplace accident. If you lost consciousness or suffered a debilitating injury, you may be transported by ambulance to a hospital.

Seek Treatment

If your injury needed immediate remediation, such as a deep cut requiring stitches, the urgent care or emergency room would be your first destination. Even though you're primarily paying attention to recovering from your injuries, it's important to be mindful of your rights under workers' compensation law.

Workers' compensation benefit categories

Many are familiar with a portion of workers' compensation assistance, but may not know about all of the benefits that it offers. Here are basics of the coverage categories.

Medical Coverage

Medical benefits are most likely the first benefit accessed after a work injury. This can include:

  • Hospitalization
  • Emergency room or urgent care visits
  • Doctor's appointments
  • Treatments and therapies associated with the injury diagnosis

4 accidents in construction that can kill you

Spring is just around the corner, and the construction industry is preparing for another busy season in California. As a skilled construction worker, you know that the industry you work in is a dangerous one, but you are proud of the work you do and the safety precautions you observe. Understanding the most common accident types in construction may help you avoid becoming another statistic.

In 2016, 991 U.S. workers suffered fatal injuries in the construction industry, reports the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This accounts for one out of every five employees in all industries. You may have heard of a term called the "fatal four," which describes four accident types in particular that are responsible for a majority of fatalities in construction. Safety authorities say that if the fatal four were eliminated, it would save 631 lives every year.

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