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April 2015 Archives

Employer defense may be needed after worker dies in accident

The unexpected death of a worker is always an emotional experience for an employer. Not only is the loss of human life tragic and challenging to confront, the legal implications can also be quite difficult in California. When a worker dies, OSHA usually responds by investigating whether or not the employer may have violated safety regulations. If OSHA does cite an employer following an investigation, the company may want to begin formulating a good employer defense strategy.

Man dies at construction site, OSHA investigation started

California employers in any industry must be aware of the work environment, for the safety of workers and for the benefit of the business. This can help a business become more efficient and profitable. It's also essential to maintain safety standards in a workplace, especially at a construction site. This can help prevent a workplace injury and an OSHA investigation.

Skydiving worker charged with felonly employee fraud

It is always unfortunate when a worker is injured while on the job, especially if it affects the person's ability to earn a living. This is one of the reasons that workers' compensation insurance coverage is important. However, there are some workers who take advantage of the situation by exaggerating or even lying about their injuries. This seems to be the case for one worker who is now facing employee fraud charges in California.

Oil refinery faces OSHA investigation over injury reporting

A business is required to keep accurate records of workplace injuries. Failure to do so can result in safety violations and citations from regulating agencies in California. One oil refinery in another state may be facing this challenge with regard to a pending OSHA investigation. 

Three instances of employee fraud in California

Authorities charged three California workers with insurance fraud for claiming that workplace injuries were preventing them from returning to work. This includes a roofer, housekeeper and lab worker. While all three claimed debilitating injuries, there are allegations that all three engaged in physical activity going beyond their restrictions. At the same time, all three claimed thousands of dollars in benefits from insurers.

Postal worker convicted of employee fraud

A decision to commit fraud is never a good idea. It can lead to serious legal problems in California, including time behind bars. A former U.S. Postal Service worker was recently convicted in an employee fraud case revolving around workers' compensation benefits.

OSHA investigation initiated following construction accident

Work safety authorities have the ability to levy large monetary fines against an employer if they believe that work safety violations have been committed. Regulators are particularly concerned when a serious or fatal workplace accident occurs. When somebody dies in a workplace incident in California, an OSHA investigation will be initiated.

Injured worker claim may result from recent construction accident

There are risks at just about any workplace. However, construction sites tend to have more potential for serious injuries than other types of work environments in California. This can be a problem for employers of construction workers because a serious work injury can result in an injured worker claim or even an OSHA investigation.

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