It is important for workers to be familiar with the workplace safety protections available to them. California workplace safety investigators are investigating a carbon monoxide exposure incident at a Northern California construction site in the East Bay area. According to a Division of Occupational Safety and Health representative, the state workplace safety investigators are determining if proper safety procedures were being followed when the incident took place. All three injured workers involved in the incident were taken to local hospitals following the construction accident.
The workers were working on installing a pool at a construction site when the incident took place. The three injured workers were inside a glass-enclosed area using a gas powered washer when they were overcome by carbon monoxide. They were with a subcontractor at the time of the incident. The employers can be cited if they were in violation of safety procedures at the time of the incident. `
Workplace safety is a serious concern for workers and their families and should be a serious concern for employers as well. When workers are injured in the workplace, they may unexpectedly face threats to their health, safety and livelihood which can place them and their families in a precarious position. Fortunately, different options and protections are available to workers who are injured in a workplace accident. The options available include workers' compensation and other options depending on the situation.
Workers' compensation benefits can include assistance with medical expenses, lost wages and other benefits depending on the circumstances. Because the best resources available may depend on the unique circumstances the worker finds themselves in, it is important to be familiar with the protections available.
Source: Berkeley Patch, "Carbon Monoxide Exposure at Berkeley Construction Site Under Investigation," Jan. 3, 2017