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Employer defense maybe needed after work falls off boom truck

It takes significant amounts of human resources in order to maintain a city's infrastructure. This includes upgrading various aspects of city streets. Recently, one city in California contracted an electrical and lighting company to replace thousands of city streetlights. However, during the process of upgrading the city streetlights, one worker was killed, which could result in a need for the subcontracting company to prepare an employer defense legal strategy.

The fatal incident happened one morning in late June when a worker fell from a boom truck. The 38-year-old worker was working for ABM Electrical & Lighting at the time of the accident, which occurred at approximately 9:40 a.m. The victim was pronounced dead by authorities at the scene of the workplace accident.

Uninsured employers may end up behind bars in California

Employers are legally required to provide workers' compensation insurance for employees in California. Failure to do so can result in serious legal repercussions, including fines or even time behind bars for uninsured employers. It turns out one employer has recently found himself in this type of situation.

The employer is the owner of a construction firm, RAR Renovations, Inc., that was contracted to work on a luxury condominium project. However, it turns out that somehow the employer failed to cover as many as 25 workers who had worked on this particular construction project. A county court ordered the 45-year-old owner of the construction firm to reimburse three companies that suffered losses as a result of RAR's non-compliance.

Worker pleads guilty to employee fraud charges

The law is made to protect everybody from being exploited. In business, this includes workers as well as employers in California. However, sometimes an employee will take advantage of the system by exaggerating an injury in order to unfairly obtain benefits via workers' compensation. This can result in criminal charges of employee fraud with the potential for serious penalties.

This is exactly what happened recently when one construction worker was charged with workers' compensation fraud. Investigators began looking into the man's case when it was reported that, during the day, he was difficult to contact. Also, people reported that when they were talking with him on the telephone, they could hear machinery running in the background. Investigators discovered that the man had began working for his own construction business while still collecting disability benefits.

Roller coaster accident may result in injured worker claim

Amusement parks are a place made for fun and carefree time spent with family and friends. However, it can also be a dangerous place if one is not aware of his or her surroundings. This is why employers should always properly train workers to conduct themselves carefully when working around roller coasters. Failure to do so can result in a workplace accident and possibly an injured worker claim in California.

It is possible that one amusement park employee failed to adhere to safety precautions and ended up being injured in a roller coaster accident recently. The incident occurred one evening in mid-June when the employee walked into the roller coaster's path. Apparently, the man was attempting to retrieve a cellphone that had been dropped by one of the riders of the roller coaster.

Helicopter worker dies, employer defense may be needed

Employers already have a challenging time with everything that has to do with managing a business in California. However, being an employer becomes even more challenging the the face of a workplace accident. Not only does this come with the potential of an injured worker claim, it can also result in an employer being cited for safety violations. In these cases, a company may want to consider taking legal action in order to implement an employer defense strategy.

One company may be facing this situation after one worker died in a workplace incident recently. The worker had been killed while working on a helicopter one morning in early June. The man was performing maintenance on the helicopter when he died in the fatal accident. The worker was 51 years old, according to the latest reports released to the public by authorities.

Former officer pleads guilty to employee fraud charges

Workers who are injured while on the job deserve to be protected. This is why workers' compensation insurance exists in California. However, there are some instances where workers end up taking advantage of the system by fraudulently obtaining benefits. This can result in employee fraud charges being filed against a worker.

One former correctional officer has recently experienced this after being convicted of workers' compensation fraud and larceny. The 42-year-old former police officer pleaded guilty to the criminal charges and is now awaiting sentencing. Apparently, the worker had suffered a knee injury while in the course of his employment with the local sheriff's department. The man began working with the local sheriff's department in 1997 before suffering the injury in 2000.

Even Uninsured Employers Need Love

When you look to categorize employers in Workers' Compensation most fall into one of two categories: insured and self -insured. They are the "good" employers since they took the steps to take care of their injured workers. Yet there is another category consisting of the despised and reviled employers who have no coverage of any kind in place: uninsured employers. The common perception is that they are this way (uninsured) out of an intention to save a buck. In our California legal system these uninsured employers are formally referred to as "illegally uninsured" and they are statutory criminals. They are suspect in their testimony (as recounted by some in our judiciary) because, after all, they are trying to protect themselves from their own misfeasance by not procuring the mandatory insurance coverage. Their employees do not have the constrictions or benefits of a medical provider network, and utilization review does not exist for them. Injured workers are free to seek whomsoever they wish to treat them and there are no formal checks on the amount or nature of the treatment, contrary to the way it exists with insured employers and utilization review of treatment.

Industrial company may need employer defense due to OSHA

Having an employee lose his or her life is something that any employer would want to avoid if at all possible. However, many times life does not turn out as one plans, and a fatal workplace accident may occur in California. Unfortunately, this is exactly what happened recently in an industrial work site accident which left one man dead. Now, the employer is being investigated by work safety authorities, which could result in a need for employer defense.

The incident happened in late May when a 22-year-old worker somehow ended up being pinned underneath a piece of heavy machinery. The man was working at a work site being operated by Cast Corp. at the time of the fatal incident. The worker finally died shortly afterwards one morning at a local hospital in early June.

Employer defense is an option for construction company

Head injuries can be the most devastating of injuries. Many times these types of injuries can cause permanent disabilities or even death. This is why construction workers in California and elsewhere should be extra careful to avoid traumatic blows to the head. However, despite best efforts, this type of injury is a common occurrence that can result in the need for a company to implement an employer defense.

One worker experienced this type of injury following a recent workplace accident at a construction site. The incident occurred late May when a large steel beam hit the worker in the back of her head. Apparently the beam was being held in place by a clamp but somehow broke free. A part of the street was closed for several hours to allow rescue crews and authorities to clear the accident scene and investigate the incident.

Manufacturing company may need employer defense strategy

Manufacturing is an important industry since it is responsible for creating the materials needed to build just about everything in society. This requires significant human labor and, in many instances, puts people in some physically dangerous situations in California. If one is not careful, he or she can become the victim of a serious or fatal workplace accident. Such an accident can result in a company needing an employer defense strategy.

One employer may be facing this type of problem after a recent workplace accident that resulted in one death. The incident occurred at a concrete manufacturing company one morning in late May. The company specializes in manufacturing pre-cast and pre-stressed concrete.

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