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Worker arrested on employee fraud charges

It is important for workers to have some type of protection in the case of an unexpected on-the-job accident. This is why most employees who are injured in a workplace accident will typically have the opportunity to apply for benefits via workers' compensation in California. However, there are some workers who are not completely honest when applying for compensation benefits. This can result in employee fraud charges being pursued against a worker.

This is what one worker is now facing after he was recently arrested for fraudulently collecting benefits via workers' compensation. The 40-year-old man was an employee of the state's child services agency when he filed for benefits, claiming he was injured while working on the job. The man reported that the workplace injury occurred in May 2014. He claimed that the injury suffered prevented him from being able to work.

Employers should watch out for employee fraud in California

It is good for employers to be vigilant in all aspects of their business. Not only does this include watching profit margins and costs, it also means being vigilant when it comes to workplace safety in California. This can help to avoid future workers' compensation claims. However, if an employee files for benefits, the employer should also be vigilant in detecting employee fraud.

This is what one employer may want to consider doing if an employee decides to file for benefits following a recent construction accident. The incident happened one afternoon in mid-March and resulted in one worker being transported to a nearby medical facility for treatment. The extent of the man's injuries have yet to be made public. The accident was reported to authorities at approximately 3:02 p.m.

Ignoring operating procedures can result in OSHA investigation

It is important for a company to put operating procedures in place in order for workers to avoid confusion and for the business to run efficiently. At California facilities utilizing heavy machinery, this is particularly important in order to maintain workplace safety. Failure to do so can cause a worker to be injured or even killed, which could result in an OSHA investigation.

It looks like one out-of-state employer may be facing this type of situation following a recent accident one morning in mid-March. Apparently, a worker had failed to follow workplace procedures for the Blendbox, which is a large machine that feeds plastic via a conveyor belt. The machine has a roller with hooks. For some reason, the worker ended up climbing onto the roller bar, which resulted in him being dragged through the Blendbox.

Epilepsy : Walking the line between privacy and a safe workplace

Workplace injuries are bad for everyone. Employers in Los Angeles genuinely want to keep workplaces safe for many reasons beyond simply complying with state and federal laws regulations or preventing workers’ compensation claims. For employers, sometimes following the letter of the law is much easier said than done.

Epilepsy is a disorder characterized by frequent and unexpected seizures. The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination based on this disorder, but the truth is that it can make working on certain job sites dangerous for the individual and his or her co-workers. How should an employer balance safety concerns with the privacy right of an applicant or employee with epilepsy?

Explosion in oil plant may result in injured worker claim

Oil, in all its forms, is an important part of California's economy. However, managing and processing oil requires significant human resources. If one is not careful when working with this or other flammable materials, an explosion can occur, which could be followed by an injured worker claim and possibly an OSHA investigation.

One employer may be facing this situation following a recent industrial accident in a neighboring state that left one worker injured. The incident happened in mid-March at an oil processing plant when an explosion occurred. The explosion happened as a man was filling up the tank of a commercial tanker. The cause of the explosion remains unknown, according to the latest reports released to the public.

Employer faces OSHA investigation after worker is impaled

Safety in the workplace is always of utmost importance. Strict adherence to safety regulations helps to ensure that workers are safe from the serious injuries that could result from unexpected accidents at workplaces in California. On the other hand, ensuring worker safety can also help an employer avoid having to deal with an OSHA investigation.

This is the situation that one employer is now facing after a recent workplace accident that left one worker seriously injured. The employee was working at a Zero Waste facility in another state when he somehow fell approximately 15 feet. Apparently, a 4-foot-long piece of steel rebar impaled the man, causing serious internal injuries. The rebar reportedly entered one side of his chest and then came out the other side. The man was immediately taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Worker found guilty of fraudulent workers' compensation claims

Workers' compensation is an important part of the labor market. It is essential in helping injured workers get back on their feet after accidents in California. However, many times workers will abuse the system in order to obtain workers' compensation benefits illegally through fraudulent workers' compensation claims. This type of fraudulent activity can be highly detrimental to an unsuspecting employer.

This is what one worker has been convicted of doing in a recent court case. The man was just sentenced after being convicted of fraud for secretly working while receiving benefits from workers' compensation insurance. The defendant ended up pleading guilty to a first-degree misdemeanor -- workers' compensation fraud. The man was sentenced in late February.

Cashier sentenced after committing employee fraud

Most California employers likely recognize the importance of protecting their employees against workplace injuries. When workers are absent from work due to on-the-job injuries, there are financial impacts for the companies. Regardless of an employer's compliance with safety regulations, it is not uncommon for workers to commit employee fraud by filing false workers' compensation claims.

An example of such fraud is a cashier in another state who set up reasons for her workers' compensation claim by accusing her supervisor of assaulting her in 2013. She filed a complaint with the local police department and subsequently filed a workers' compensation claim for injuries suffered during the alleged assault. However, investigations by the workers' compensation board found no evidence of an assault and determined that the supervisor was falsely accused.

Construction accident can prompt injured worker claim

Risk is an important consideration when a person decides to work in the California construction industry. Due to the types of environments to which construction workers are generally exposed, they must take extra care to maintain proper safety precautions. Much of this has to do with the large and heavy machinery construction workers typically deal with on a daily basis. An accident involving heavy machinery often results in an injured worker claim.

Unfortunately, one recent construction accident ended up being fatal and may now result in workers' compensation death benefits being sought by the victim's family. The incident happened at a construction site in another state at approximately 7:45 a.m. A 33-year-old man was killed. Authorities have released little information regarding the details of the accident. Reportedly, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Medical facilities can help prevent an injured worker claim

A great deal of attention has been focused lately on the high volume of workplace injuries suffered by nurses in California and across the nation. The issue has prompted debate about the role medical facilities play in promoting safe workplace environments and taking actions to reduce the number of workplace injuries that nurses experience while caring for patients. A recent article looks at circumstances that often lead to an injured worker claim and makes suggestions on how to reduce the rate of injuries for nursing staff.

One of the chief causes of nursing injuries involves physically moving patients. When an ill or injured patient must be moved in order to transport him or her to another area of the hospital or simply to allow the staff to complete basic nursing tasks, a great deal of strength is often required to complete that task. When a patient is large, the difficulty in moving him or her is increased, placing a larger burden on the nursing staff.

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