Shortly before 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at a house on the 17000 block of Bernardo Oaks Drive near Rancho Bernardo golf course, the cries of a 55-year-old man stuck in a tree could be heard in the tony neighborhood. The man was a tree trimmer who had been working near the top of a 40-foot palm tree when the large skirt of fronds—weighing several hundred pounds—came down and wedged him in the tree. This led to a challenging rescue by the San Diego Fire Department (SDFD), which arrived quickly to the scene. Read the rest »
The rate of injuries and illnesses suffered at the workplace continues to fall in the Golden State. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), the statewide injury and illness rate is the lowest it has been in 13 years. In the year 2013, four out of every 100 workers suffered an injury or illness. The number of serious injuries and illnesses has dropped, as well. Read the rest »
Although most employers take their responsibilities seriously when it comes to workplace safety, no workplace is completely free of risks. The National Safety Council (NSC) promotes the month of June as National Safety Month each year, encouraging employees and employers to look at safety and health risks in their own workplaces. While many experienced San Diego workplace accident attorneys can provide assistance to southern California residents injured on the job, the best outcome is always to avoid injuries when possible.
The theme of this year’s National Safety Month is “Safety Starts With Me.” The goal, according to organizers, is to encourage workers to look out for their own safety and that of their co-workers. While the theme doesn’t reduce the responsibilities of employers to meet state and federal safety and health standards, it does encourage employees to keep their eyes peeled for potential hazards and to address them. Read the rest »
The first full week of May is North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH Week) for workers in the U.S. It’s a time for employees and employers alike to take a closer look at safety in the workplace and to strive to prevent accidents, injuries, and illnesses related to work.
Work-related injuries and illnesses harm thousands of California workers each year. In most cases, the first place a worker goes for benefits is California’s workers’ compensation system. When a defective product or the negligence of a third party causes injury, however, an injured worker may also need the help of an experienced San Diego injury attorney to secure the full amount of compensation due. Read the rest »
A lab worker in San Diego was injured recently when a test tube broke during a chemical-mixing process, according to a recent report from NBC San Diego.
The lab worker was mixing hot and cold chemical substances together when the test tube he was using shattered, inflicting facial injuries with flying glass and chemicals. Rescue workers were called to the scene to help the lab worker. His current medical condition is not currently known, but rescue workers did not describe his injuries as life-threatening. Read the rest »
An officer suffered a knee injury in an attempt to take speeding juveniles driving a stolen car into custody on August 15 around 12:30 a.m. in the 3600 block of Ocean View. According to the San Diego Police Department, the officer made an attempt to pull over five juveniles, but the driver did not pull over and the officer began to chase them.
The motorist crashed into two parked cars near the Imperial Ave. The driver and one passenger were captured by the officer, while three fled on foot and have not yet been captured. The officer suffered the knee injury while taking the juveniles into custody. Read the rest »
16 actors dressed as zombies were injured on the set of the horror flick “Resident Evil 5” in west Toronto at the Cinespace Film Studios. Canadian law enforcement reports that the actors were on a set that was on wheels when it suddenly moved. The collapse of the soundstage platform sent the actors 20 feet down to the ground.
The actors were immediately treated for arm‚ leg and back injuries as well as possible broken bones. One actor suffered a cracked rib and another sustained a stress fracture of the tibia. None of the injuries seemed life-threatening. Read the rest »
Houston‚ Texas maritime lawyer Brian Beckcom recently wrote an article in Texas Lawyer Magazine arguing that the Fairness in Admiralty and Maritime Law Act (FAMLA) may move into the modern era when it comes to protecting offshore workers such as the eleven workers who died on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil platform. The change created by FAMLA would allow for the families of deceased workers to collect for the pain and suffering they felt prior to dying in the workplace.
FAMLA amends the Death on the High Seas Act (DOTHSA) of 1920 and repeals the Limitation of Liability Act of 1851 (LOLA) by permitting dependents to collect non-pecuniary damages as a result of their death on international waters. DOTHSA and LOLA are currently the primary laws used to determine the economic recovery for grieving families who have lost loved ones while working aboard ships and oil derricks. Read the rest »