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Construction worker facing serious injuries after trench collapse

California employees working in construction know that their jobs could be dangerous. Accidents in this industry can easily lead to serious injuries for those involved. One worker in another state was recently injured after the trench he was in collapsed.

Authorities reported that the man was working with his team to connect to a main water line. For unknown reasons, the worker entered the trench without the use a protective box. While he was inside, the trench collapsed, burying him up to his waist. Fire officials stated that a second cave-in then occurred which completely covered the man. Officials believe the collapse was due to recent heavy rain.

Head injuries at work range from minor to life-threatening

Workers who fall at work are at risk of very serious injuries, especially when the fall is from an elevated area. One of the possible injuries that might occur is a head injury, of which there are several types.

One thing that is universal for all of these head injuries is that injured workers can seek workers' compensation benefits if they are going to need medical care or have to miss work during recovery. Whether you are a construction worker who falls from a ladder, a nurse who slips on a wet floor, or a factory worker who trips over something, these are the possible head injuries.

Workplace accidents may cause severe injuries

Even with the safety measures employers have in place to prevent accidents, injuries still occur in the construction industry. Whether caused by unforeseen circumstances or simple mistakes, workplace accidents can lead to serious injuries for those involved. One California construction worker recently suffered injuries caused by a fire that broke out while he and his crew were working.

The worker and his crew were using an electric jackhammer to do construction outside a home. While attempting to dig a trench, the jackhammer struck a natural gas line. This ignited a fire which luckily did not spread further than the line itself. It is unknown whether the crew was aware of the presence of the gas line.

Injured employees could benefit from workers' compensation

There are many ways California employees could find themselves injured on the job. Whether from falls, malfunctioning equipment or other factors, these injuries can cause serious problems for employees. When this occurs, workers may consider filing workers' compensation claims to assist them throughout recovery. Two employees in another state may file claims after they were recently injured while working on a waterline.

The two workers, who are employed with a company contracted to do work for a city, were conducting an air pressure test on a new waterline when the accident occurred. Officials stated that the pressure within the waterline was high, which led to an explosion. It is unclear what caused the pressure to be so high at the time of the incident.

Falls are a common cause of construction workers' accidents

Those who work in construction frequently face hazards on the job. Falls are a common cause of construction workers' accidents and can lead to many types of injuries. California workers who suffer injuries in this way may consider filing workers' compensation claims for financial relief. A worker in another state was recently injured in one such fall.

The victim was a contract worker employed by a construction company. The company was contracted to perform work on the upper level roadway of a bridge under repair. The construction worker was on the bridge's catwalk at the time of the incident. He fell 15 feet onto a support beam below. It is unclear what caused the man to fall.

California kitchen worker suffered serious injuries in fire

Often, when people hear that someone was injured at work, they picture a job related to construction or another form of physical labor. However, serious injuries can occur while performing a number of other professions as well. One California kitchen worker was recently severely injured while on the job.

The employee worked in the cafe of an amphitheater that was hosting a Google conference. Reports indicate that the kitchen worker, along with other co-workers was attempting to light the deep fat fryer when a flash fire broke out. A witness stated that he heard an explosion and saw flames and smoke pour through the cafe window.

Workplace accidents in California can lead to serious injuries

In spite of the many safety precautions created for construction work, injuries still occur frequently in California and across the country. Those who suffer from workplace accidents may consider filing workers' compensation claims as a means to deal with the aftermath of such injuries. Two workers are likely looking into their options after suffering injuries while doing electrical work.

Reports indicate that the two men, who work for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, were working in an underground electrical vault. The Department of Water and Power stated that one of the men made contact with some energized electrical equipment. It is unknown whether the second worker also touched this equipment or was injured in another way. The incident led to a localized power outage.

Restaurant workers are at risk of slip-and-fall accidents

People who work in restaurants usually count on being able to work every shift so that they can make the money they need to earn. When restaurant workers are injured on the job, they have to scramble to make ends meet.

There are some specific safety issues that restaurant workers face. Employers need to ensure that the restaurant is safe for all workers. When this doesn't happen, the workers face risks like being involved in a slip-and-fall accident. Here are some ways that these accidents can be prevented.

Workers' compensation could help construction workers

Whether working high off the ground or working with heavy machinery, construction work in California can be hazardous. Sometimes, even seemingly trivial accidents can lead to serious injury. Two construction workers and the family of another worker may consider filing workers' compensation claims after a recent accident in which the workers were electrocuted.

The three men were working to erect a flag pole in front of an apartment complex. Official reports state that a strong gust of wind caught the pole as the men were lifting it, causing it to fall onto a nearby power line. A witness stated that he heard a buzzing noise and then saw a big blue cloud. He and a woman ran to the scene to help the men, but they saw that one of them was still touching the pole on the power line. Fearing injury to themselves, they decided to wait for rescuers to arrive.

3 possible causes of scaffolding accidents

Working in construction puts people in some dangerous situations. Construction workers work high off the ground, with heavy machinery and sometimes without a stable foundation beneath them. To account for these hazards, workers often rely on things like temporary structures, like scaffolding. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, nearly two-thirds of the 2.3 million people working in construction work on scaffolds.

However, scaffolding is not without its flaws. Because it is a temporary structure, it is not as sturdy or protective as buildings are. With all this in mind, we urge readers of this blog to be aware of the common accidents that happen on scaffolds and what to do in the event of an accident.

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