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OSHA investigation begins after man falls through skylight

Any type of physical labor has its own risks of injury. Much of the risk depends upon where the job is performed. Labor performed on top of a roof of a building can be particularly dangerous for the workers who have to perform duties at such great heights. One recent workplace accident that occurred outside of California has now resulted in an OSHA investigation.

The investigation began after a roof-shoveling accident that caused one man to be injured. The man was removing snow from the roof of a warehouse when he somehow fell through the roof's skylight. He ended up falling down approximately 25 feet onto the ground. He was immediately transported to a nearby local medical facility via airlift following the accident.

When employees attempt to defraud employers, we can help.

For California employees who have been critically injured during the course of completing their work duties, workers' compensation benefits can be extremely beneficial during their recoveries. Unfortunately, employees who suffered seemingly minor injuries, or who were actually not harmed at all, may be tempted to claim they suffered far more serious harm. When employees attempt to defraud employers through fraudulent workers' compensation claims, it is understandable that employers may question their options.

There are a number of ways that a fraudulent workers' compensation claim may come to be. For instance, a worker could claim that an injury occurred at work when, in reality, it resulted from an off-duty accident. In other instances, an employee may have been injured at work, but exaggerated the extent of the injury.

4 men may file injured worker claim after construction accident

Construction sites can be dangerous places for workers. One never knows when something unexpected will happen at a construction site in California. Four out-of-state workers experienced exactly this in a recent construction accident. This accident could potentially result in a future injured worker claim.

Four construction workers may end up filing an injured worker claim after the accident that occurred in mid-February. The construction crew was working on a tunnel when the incident occurred. Apparently, the four men were on an elevator shaft when the elevator shaft's wall collapsed. This caused the workers to fall 25 feet.

Company cited for failure to maintain a safe working environment

Chemicals have reactive properties that are vital in many manufacturing processes. When employers fail to manage these chemical reactions properly, toxic gases and dangerous fumes may be formed. Exposure to such hazards can have catastrophic consequences to the health of workers and can also cause explosions and fires. California workers in various industries are exposed to toxic or dangerous fumes while also facing the added hazards of confined spaces and working at heights without fall protection. Failure to maintain a safe working environment may lead to a company being cited by authorities.

An enforcement case against a company in another state was recently announced following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Investigators found that Reynolds Nationwide workers were tasked with cleaning the inside of food transport tankers that exposed them to confined space hazards, along with the potential dangers of dangerous fumes. Accumulation of fumes in confined spaces can reach treacherous levels and may lead to a worker's death.

Death benefits or an injured worker claim not always successful

After an on-the-job injury, the workers' compensation insurance fund typically covers the medical expenses and lost income of the victim. In most cases of an injured worker claim, medical care may enable workers to ultimately return to work, but this does not always happen. A death benefits claim filed by the family of a California worker was awarded by a workers' compensation judge and then overturned by an appeals court. It was reported that arguments are being prepared for presentation to the California Supreme Court following a decision to reconsider the case.

The case arose after a worker fell from a roof in 2008 and suffered injuries to his chest, back, neck and head. A workers' compensation doctor prescribed antidepressant medication that is sometimes used for the treatment of neurotic pain. Subsequently, in 2009, the worker consulted with his personal doctor who prescribed additional medication for insomnia and anxiety.

Construction accident can result in injured worker claim

Working at a construction site will sometimes mean workers are on shaky ground when it comes to safety. This literally seems to have been the case in a recent construction accident where the floor gave way and resulted in injuries. Many times in California, this can result in an injured worker claim.

The incident happened at approximately 10:08 a.m. in late January at a youth camp site. The construction crew had been working on a dormitory-like construction project at the time of the accident. Apparently, the construction workers were pouring concrete onto the third floor of the building when somehow the floor gave way. This caused the workers to fall to the floor below.

Construction accident can result in OSHA violation fines

When a construction accident in California results in an injury, work safety authorities usually investigate the incident in order to determine the cause of the accident. If the investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conclude that safety violations contributed to an accident, the administration's findings could become a serious problem for the employer. An OSHA violation can result in significant monetary fines.

OSHA investigators are now looking into a recent accident to see if there were any violations of safety rules. The incident, which occurred at approximately 3 p.m. in late January, resulted in the death of a 45-year-old construction worker. The accident happened when the worker was about 60 feet above the ground. The man was working inside a crane at a high-rise construction project.

Brad Culpepper talks about workers' compensation fraud

California readers may be aware of the lawsuit facing former NFL player Brad Culpepper. The football veteran spent nine years playing in the NFL, but he claimed that injuries he sustained in his capacity as a football player left him partially disabled. He is currently being sued for workers' compensation fraud, and he recently spoke to the media concerning accusations that he bilked an insurance company out of $175,000.

In the interview, Culpepper claims that he has serious injuries that are the direct result of his time on the field. His medical and legal advisors allege that he was left 89 percent disabled. These claims, however, are in distinct opposition to Culpepper's performance on the hit reality television show "Survivor."

Surveillance can stop fraudulent workers' compensation claims

Most people tend to be honest most of the time in their personal lives and in their work. However, there are some people who decide to be less than truthful when it comes to workplace injuries in California and other states. Some workers may even decide to commit employee fraud when filing fraudulent workers' compensation claims. Such acts can be financially detrimental to employers.

On the other hand, there are various options for employers to proactively combat employee fraud. Doing so can help decrease the frequency of employee fraud as well as lessen the financial impact. One tool an employer has the right to utilize is surveillance. However, there are various tools for employers to choose from when implementing a surveillance plan aimed at stopping employee fraud.

Compliance with safety rules may not stop injured worker claim

California employers need to ensure that safety standards at the workplace are maintained. Not only can this help to reduce the chances of facing an injured worker claim, but it can also help avoid costly penalties levied by work safety authorities. This is particularly important in the construction industry because the chance of serious injuries are higher due to the nature of the work than in other types of work environments.

It appears that four construction contractors may have failed to adhere to safety standards and have recently been cited by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). The four construction contractors were working on converting an industrial building into residential apartments. Apparently, the contractors did not provide adequate fall protection for their workers at the construction site. OSHA inspectors visited the work site after receiving reports of possible fall hazards.

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