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Falling object injuries in the California workplace

All workplaces in the state of California have the legal responsibility to do what they can in order to prevent workplace injuries. No matter the type of workplace, whether it's an office or a construction site, injuries and accidents can occur.

When injuries do occur that cause an employee to seek medical attention or take time off work in order to recover, it is likely that they will be eligible for workers' compensation. This means that they will be recompensed for any medical bills that they acquired, and they will have a certain percentage of lost wages reimbursed.

Becoming injured due to a falling object

Falling objects are a very common cause of injury in the workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reported that there are over 50,000 workers who are struck by falling objects each year, and the unfortunate discovery is that the vast majority of these could have been prevented. Therefore, injuries due to falling objects are often because of a failure to administer the correct safety procedures in the workplace.

Using safety gear protection

Accidents such as being struck on the head by falling objects can often be prevented by wearing safety gear. If you are working in a high-risk workplace such as a construction site, wearing safety gear such as hard hats is often legally enforceable, and the employer can be held responsible if they allow people on the site without the correct equipment.

If you have been injured by a falling object while at work, it is very likely that you will be entitled to workers' compensation. You must take swift action in filing for workers' compensation after the incident has taken place.

Source: EHS Today, "The Sky Isn't Falling (And Your Tools Shouldn't Either)," accessed May 03, 2018

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