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7 steps for emergency treatment of burns

Burn injuries are incredibly painful, and they can lead to permanent scarring and even disabilities. It is crucial that those who are first on the scene know what type of aid to give the injured person.

If that person's burns are fairly severe, here are seven important steps to take:

Common causes of work-related head injuries

Suffering a head injury on the job in California can be devastating to your life and career. It could wind up being serious enough that you find yourself no longer able to work. Or, you could require a lengthy period of rehabilitation before returning to your job. Either way, you need to avoid suffering such an accident and injury. Here are the common causes of head injuries on the job.

A fall from heights is one of the most common causes of head injuries on the job. Whether you work in a warehouse, on scaffolding or on ladders most of the day, you need to be as safe as possible to avoid injuring your head in a fall. Wearing a hard hat can help reduce injury chances as well.

Death of tunnel worker leads to hearing in California

A 51-year-old construction worker was recently killed in the Twin Peaks Tunnel in San Francisco when a steel beam fell on him on the job. The construction accident death has led to the call for a hearing of the Board of Supervisors by San Francisco Supervisor Norman Yee. The supervisors will meet regarding the accident when the summer recess ends.

The worker killed was working for Shimmick Construction, which is based out of Oakland. The company told San Francisco on a questionnaire that it did not have any prior serious citations from the state when the bidding process was in motion. The questionnaire was administered by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

How do bus drivers get injured on the job?

On the surface, being a bus driver may seem like a relaxing job. Sure, these drivers may spend part of their day in traffic, which can be stressful, but at least they get paid to do it.

However, there are many not-so-obvious ways for a bus driver to suffer an injury and to need to file workers' compensation.

How do I cope with the death of a co-worker?

Life is not easy. No one ever said it would be. It gets particularly hard when you lose someone close to you. Co-workers can be simple acquaintances who you don't engage without side of work or they can become integral parts of your life and close friends. If you lose a co-worker due to wrongful death in the workplace, you need to know how to cope with such a loss.

The first step in the healing process after the loss of a co-worker due to a work-related death is to share your feelings. You are likely not the only person struggling with the loss of your co-worker. Other people in the office or on the construction sites are probably just as upset as you are about the death.

Here's what to do if your workers' comp claim is delayed

Suffering an injury on the job is stressful enough. Combine that with the fact that your workers' compensation claim was delayed and your stress levels could go through the roof. Dealing with a delayed claim means that you will not receive the benefits you deserve because of the injury suffered while at work. Here's what you should do if your workers' comp claim is ever delayed.

A workers' compensation claim can be delayed for at most 90 days. A lot of the time, this is done by the insurance companies in an effort to tire the worker to the point where he or she stops pursuing the claim. Then there are the times where an investigation is launched into the workplace accident that caused the reported injury.

Uses for workers' compensation benefits in California

Suffering an injury while on the job is stressful. Even though your employer likely has workers' compensation coverage, you still don't know how you will be able to pay the bills or if you will even be able to return to work. Let's try to ease some of that worry and stress in this post by explaining what workers' compensation benefits can be used for in California.

When it comes to workers' compensation benefits, employees are usually entitled to four benefits. The first of those is medical treatment, which should be paid for by the insurance company. The insurance company is required to pay for all treatment, surgery and medication that would be reasonably required to help the victim heal from the injuries suffered.

How do I stay safe when using scaffolding?

Working in construction is rewarding and dangerous at the same time. You never know when something will go wrong and you or a co-worker could suffer an injury. This is especially true when it comes to working on scaffolding. Scaffolding is a necessary piece of equipment for many projects. So, how do you stay safe when using scaffolding in San Diego?

Any and all employees who are going to work on the scaffolding should receive the proper training before climbing onto it. Training should include how to operate the scaffolding, how to prevent falls from the scaffolding, load capacity of the scaffolding and more.

3 tips for filing workers' compensation in San Diego

If you suffer an injury at your workplace, there are specific steps that you must follow to claim workers' compensation benefits. California law requires employers to carry insurance to cover worker injuries and to pay for the policy.

Filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits is not as straightforward as it may seem. It is important for you to understand how to proceed, from the very moment you suffer your injury or discover your injury. These three tips will get you off to a good start, and then you can take the rest of your questions to an employment law attorney who can help you with any complications.

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