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Hot dog cart operator guilty of employee fraud

It is great when people decide to go into business for themselves. However, if a person is also receiving disability benefits from workers' compensation, this can cause a serious legal problem in California. It can also be financially detrimental to an employer who is paying the premiums for the insurance covering the benefits received. One worker who had decided to try and take advantage of the system recently pleaded guilty to criminal charges of employee fraud.

The man had been receiving benefits for temporary total disability when authorities received allegations that the man was operating his own hot dog cart business. This was problematic since claimants are not allowed to work while receiving these benefits. Investigators discovered that the man was cooking and serving food to customers, and they also found pictures online showing the man working at the hot dog cart.

Pipe shard kills worker -- employer defense for OSHA inquiry?

Life is full of random circumstances and occurrences. Although an employer can attempt to thoroughly prepare for possible accidents, there is always the possibility of an incident occurring at a California workplace. This can result in a worker being injured or even killed. Employer defense strategies can help in reducing any claims exposure or with regard to citations for any safety violations resulting from the fatal incident.

One real estate development company may soon have to consider these issues following a recent fatal accident at a construction site the firm was overseeing. The company, TCFC, had been constructing a roadway on land that it owns. The fatal incident resulted in the death of a 39-year-old construction worker.

Accident can result in injured worker claim in California

There are many ways in which an accident can occur at a construction site in California. One of the most dangerous types of accidents is when a large structure unexpectedly collapses. Therefore, employers should make sure that all structures are secured and all safety precautions are followed. However, despite making the best efforts, this type of incident can still occur and can result in an injured worker claim and the need for employer defense.

This is what recently occurred at a construction site in California one afternoon in late August. At approximately 1 p.m., a 21-foot scaffolding buckled and collapsed. The scaffolding had a platform for each floor of the building that the workers were working on. Apparently, the work crews had been installing windows and siding for each of the floors of the tower.

Cook awaits sentencing for employee fraud charges in California

When a worker is injured on the job, he or she has the right to obtain financial assistance via workers' compensation in order to help during recovery time. However, there are some employees who abuse the system in order to obtain benefits from workers' compensation that they do not deserve. This can result in criminal charges against a worker committing employee fraud. It turns out one man is now in this type of predicament in California.

The worker was a prep cook who had been employed at a local corporation when he filed for workers' compensation benefits in mid-June 2013. The man claimed he had hurt his right wrist from kneading dough while on the job. He later added to his claim that he also injured his left wrist. The man received medical treatment and was granted total temporary disability benefits.

Employer defense may be required after fatal industrial accident

Most employers care about the well-being of their workers. This is why employers usually take special care to ensure the safety of workplaces in California. However, there are some types of workplaces that inherently have more hazards than others. An industrial workplace is one of these types of work environments, meaning the hazards present also increase the chances of the need for employer defense.

The accident happened at an industrial site in early August and resulted in one fatality. Around 1:20 p.m., a worker at the industrial site somehow ended up being pinned underneath a container. How this happened has yet to be determined. Authorities are now continuing their investigation into the incident in order to determine what could have possibly caused the tragedy.

Worker files multiple fraudulent workers' compensation claims

Employers in California are required to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage for their workers. Instead of accepting coverage as a benefit, some workers choose to misrepresent their injuries and file fraudulent workers' compensation claims. Tactics may include false declarations of the manner in which injuries occurred or exaggerations about the severity of the workplace injuries.

A worker in another state was recently convicted of charges of workers' compensation fraud, following an investigation by the Illinois Department of Insurance Workers' Compensation Fraud Unit. According to court documents, the filed reports of injuries the woman claimed to have suffered at several workplaces were fraudulent. Investigators determined that her medical condition was misrepresented, and her descriptions of her symptoms provided to her employers, doctors and insurance companies were exaggerated. It was stated that her actions were an attempt to be awarded benefits for temporary total disability.

Man dies in industrial accident, employer defense may be needed

Working in an industrial site can be dangerous, which requires workers to always be vigilant and aware of their surroundings. This can help avoid serious workplace injuries as well as avoid the need for an injured worker claim or employer defense in California. However, even when workers are adhering to safety regulations, an accident may end up occurring at an industrial site.

This seems to have been what recently happened in an industrial accident that resulted in the death of one worker. The accident occurred just prior to 5:00 p.m. one evening in late July at an industrial plant. The victim was a 59-year-old man, according to reports released by authorities to the public.

Energy company may need employer defense following fatal accident

The energy industry is essential since it helps to make sure most things in society operate and run in some fashion or another. This requires hard labor to turn the earth's natural resources into usable energy sources in California. However, this also means industrial crews are required to work with heavy machinery, which can be dangerous. On the other hand, a workplace injury can also be detrimental to the employer and can result in the need for employer defense.

This may be the situation that one employer is now facing after a recent fatal industrial accident. The work crew was working on a 36-inch natural gas pipeline designed to garner natural gas out of shale in the ground in order to distribute to various markets throughout the country. The victim's employer was Energy Transfer Partners, which had merged recently with Regency Energy. The company has since released a statement expressing sadness and condolences to the man's family and friends.

Construction worker dies, OSHA investigation may commence

Everyday can bring surprises. However, at construction sites, surprises can turn out to be deadly. Unfortunately, this was the case in a recent workplace accident that occurred outside of California that will, more than likely, result in an OSHA investigation and possibly lead to the need for an employer defense strategy.

The incident, which took place in the early morning hours of April 11, occurred at a private construction site being operated by Gehring Construction & Ready Mix Co. An employee of the company was attempting to help free a company cement truck that was stuck. The 26-year-old construction worker was operating a payloader, which he was using in an attempt to pull the stuck cement truck free. Somehow, the chain connecting the payloader to the cement truck ended up snapping and striking the man.

Man may be considering injured worker claim following accident

It is never a good thing when a worker is injured at a workplace in California. Fortunately, the law requires employers to have workers' compensation insurance in place in the case of something unexpected occurring at the workplace. This helps make sure an injured worker receives his or her fair share of financial assistance while recovering from a workplace injury. However, it is also important for employers to make sure that the injured worker claim is accurate when describing the injuries sustained.

One employer may want to consider doing this following a recent workplace accident that left an employee injured. The worker, who is employed at Allied Specialty Foods Inc., was recently injured while on the job. The accident which happened one afternoon in late July resulted in injuries to several of the man's fingers. The exact injuries suffered have yet to be released in the latest reports available to the public.

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