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Common Causes of Workplace Injuries in California

  • Published: July 15, 2022

While every workplace in California is required to be up to OSHA standards, there is still a chance you may fall victim to an accident. If you want to get ahead of workplace injuries, you can learn more about the common causes of workplace injuries in the Golden State.

You do have legal options if you fall victim to a workplace violation, and our team at KCNS Law Group is more than ready to help you pursue a workers’ compensation claim. You can contact our attorneys if you want to request financial support from your employer.

4 Common Causes of Workplace Injuries

We’ve broken down a few of the most common workplace injuries we see here at KCNS. Here’s what you need to know.

OSHA Negligence

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, outlines specific expectations for every industry operating on American soil. Your employer must meet the expectations outlined by OSHA to avoid fines and corporate shut-downs.

Failure to meet OSHA standards not only endangers the validity of an employer’s business, but it also may put you in harm’s way. Should you suffer an injury due to an OSHA violation, you may bring your concerns to workers’ compensation lawyers.

OSHA violations may even give you the means to pursue a broader civil complaint, depending on your circumstances. Note, however, that filing for workers’ compensation may limit your right to civil action. With that in mind, consider meeting with attorneys before filing your claim.

Workplace Mechanical Failures

The machines used in manufacturing, packing, and similar industries can all suffer damage over time. Your employer needs to have these machines consistently inspected and maintained to prevent workplace injury. A machine that goes without regular TLC can compromise both the value of a product and your well-being.

Workplace Horseplay

There are times when your coworkers may take advantage of an employer’s inattention. If your teammates are using workplace tools inappropriately or engaging in dangerous behavior, they can endanger your safety.

It’s your employer’s job to consistently train employees and to reprimand those teammates who don’t use equipment appropriately. That said, your fellow employees also owe you a duty of care while on the job. Your teammates should take reasonable care to keep you from harm, or else they can be held liable for your workplace injuries.

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to strike a balance between an employer’s fault and a teammate’s fault in accidents resulting from horseplay. If you’re struggling to categorize a claim related to your injury, you can discuss your circumstances with our workers’ compensation attorneys.

Environmental Hazards in Your Workplace

If you hold a job in a dangerous field, such as sanitation or healthcare, there are environmental hazards that can make your day-to-day responsibilities more perilous. Employers must make note of these conditions and work to prevent them from endangering your health. This means that employers are responsible for:

  • Providing you with safety gear that meets the demands of your job
  • Responding to workplace emergencies that endanger employees
  • Clearing shared spaces of dangerous materials, including asbestos
  • Responding to natural disasters in such a way as to protect employees’ well-being

Should you endure an injury due to an environmental hazard at your workplace, you may be able to work with our team to file a workers’ compensation claim.

Discuss Your Right to Workers’ Compensation With Our Team

It doesn’t matter how common your workplace accident may statistically be. If you are injured in the workplace, you can file for workers’ compensation. If you need help understanding California’s expectations of its workers’ compensation form, you can connect with attorneys who can walk you through the process.

Are you ready to learn more about workers’ compensation suits? Let KCNS Law Group give you a hand. You can schedule a consultation with our workers’ compensation lawyers by completing our contact form or calling (818) 937-9255.

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