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Older workers may be at risk for more serious injuries

Accidents in the workplace can happen to anyone for any number of reasons. However, federal statistics have recently shown that serious injuries resulting from these accidents are more likely to happen to older workers. In some cases, these injuries may even lead to fatalities. In California alone, the rate of fatal accidents for older workers has been about 60 percent higher than that of other age groups.

Doctors claim that the effects of getting older can contribute to injuries that may make recovery more difficult. As people age, their bodies may face several physical changes. Some of these changes may include gradually worsening hearing and vision, reduced balance and response times and bone problems like arthritis. These issues may affect work performance in some way, which could have the potential to result in an accident.

Can you hear me now? A guide to occupational hearing loss

People who were born with the full ability to hear depend on this sense to live life. There are some people who take on jobs that put the ability to hear at risk. Unfortunately, this sometimes comes down to a decision about which is more important -- financial support or being able to hear.

When you work at a job that comes with a risk of occupational hearing loss, there are usually safety procedures to follow to reduce this risk. The safety procedures aren't always effective, so some workers might end up with substantial hearing loss.

California workplace accidents: Dock workers injured in spill

Injuries on the job can cause serious problems for workers. Though most might think of the construction industry when such an accident happens, workplace accidents can occur in many different fields. Several California dock workers were hurt in a recent accident involving a chemical spill.

Authorities stated that a ship at the dock leaked a flammable liquid into the port. The hazardous liquid was in a 6,000 gallon container. The local fire department was called in to assist, and rescue crews set a 1,000 foot perimeter around the area both as a precaution for other employees and to protect the environment.

Falls are often the cause of construction workers' accidents

Injuries on the job are certainly not unheard of in the construction industry. One common cause of construction workers' accidents is injury resulting from a fall. Whether caused by precarious locations or faulty equipment, these types of injuries can be serious. A worker has recently become the third employee injured within three months at the construction site of a new building in California.

The accident occurred at the location of a new building owned by the Facebook corporation. Authorities stated that a worker on the fourth floor fell when the steel framing he stepped on partially dislodged. The man fell to nearly the third floor, but he was stopped by his safety harness and rigging before touching down. 

Crashes often cause of workplace accidents in transportation work

Most people think of construction sites or factories when they hear of workers being injured on the job. However, workplace accidents are not uncommon in other professional fields in California and across the country as well. Instead of suffering from falls or injuries from heavy machinery, workers in the transportation industry may be injured by motorists or other roadway accidents. A worker in another state was recently hurt in one such incident.

The victim is employed with a state department of transportation. He and other co-workers were parked in the emergency lane of the highway to survey a bridge. For reasons that are still unclear, a semi truck left its lane and struck two of the three DOT vehicles parked in the emergency lane. The impact caused the truck the victim was standing beside to hit him.

Construction worker suffers serious injuries in trench collapse

Even when precautions are taken, accidents may happen at construction sites. Serious injuries often accompany these types of accidents, leading many workers in California and across the country to file for workers' compensation claims. One worker may file after a trench collapse.

Officials stated that the accident happened in a pipe ditch at a construction site of a future assisted living facility. The worker was reportedly four to eight feet from the trench; however, the soil conditions were not favorable, and the ground collapsed underneath the man. This caused him to fall into the trench where he then became trapped by a large rock that fell onto his legs.

Truck drivers can develop serious work injuries while driving

Many people think that truck drivers have a low-risk job. The truth is, truck drivers face serious risks while performing their duties to keep materials and goods moving around this country.

Typically, when commercial trucks get into collisions, the people in the other vehicle are more likely to die or get injured. However, roughly 24 percent of trucking accident fatalities are people who were riding in the commercial truck. Large trucks can be difficult to stop and hard to steer, particularly in inclement weather. Every time a truck driver goes to work, he or she is risking life and limb.

Serious workplace injuries lead to fatalities for 4 employees

When California workers are fatally injured on the job, their families may face an unexpected financial burden in addition to the emotional toil they will likely experience. Many in this situation may not know where to turn. Luckily, those who have lost family members due to workplace injuries may be able to file workers' compensation claims on behalf of their deceased loved ones to help deal with the aftermath of the accident. Several families in another state may consider filing after four men lost their lives in an industrial accident.

Officials from the company stated that one of their tanks had been blocked by slag, the material produced by burning coal. The four men were attempting to clear the slag out of the tank. Unfortunately, hot molten slag, measuring about six inches deep, came out of the tank instead, causing severe injuries.

Back injuries can end your nursing career

It's long been recognized that nurses face serious trauma in the workplace if they cannot perform their jobs safely. Nurses work with patients every day, and the strain on their bodies and minds is great.

There are many patient-handling tasks that nurses perform. These tasks involve lifting, transferring and moving patients. Over time, these seemingly small or short-lived tasks can wear down the body and result in injuries that end careers.

Construction workers' accidents may lead to serious injuries

When accidents happen on the job, employees may suffer serious injuries. This is particularly true in the construction industry. California construction workers' accidents may occur for a number of reasons, but when injuries coincide with them, employees may choose to file workers' compensation claims. A worker in another state may consider filing after getting hurt at a construction site.

The accident occurred on the morning of June 29 at a building that was under construction. Reports did not indicate the specific type of work the man was doing, but they state that he was working on the 12th floor when he was injured. The local fire department was called in to conduct the rescue.

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