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How to stay safe when working on scaffolding

Depending on your job, you may find yourself working on scaffolding every now and again. While this sounds simple enough, you should never overlook the fact that one misstep could cause a serious accident.

There are many steps you can take to remain safe when working on scaffolding, including but not limited to the following:

  • Proper inspection. You don't want to use scaffolding before inspecting it for defects or damage. Don't get into the habit of believing that scaffolding lasts forever, as this isn't true.
  • Avoid an overload. Scaffolding can only hold so much weight. You need to know the limit and then do whatever it takes to ensure that it's not exceeded.
  • Place scaffolding on stable and level ground. Neglecting to do so greatly increases the chance that the equipment will fail, thus causing a fall.
  • Lock wheels in place before use, to keep the scaffolding from moving.
  • Wear the appropriate shoes, such as those that are non-slip.
  • Don't place anything on the edge of the scaffolding, as this can lead to an item falling to the ground below (and striking another worker).
  • Don't place scaffolding in close proximity to power lines. As a general rule of thumb, there should be a minimum of 10 feet of space.

High-school athlete killed in car accident

A tragic car accident in Alpine, California, a town about 30 miles east of San Diego, ended with the tragic death of a high school athlete who had recently been honored for his noteworthy football skills.

The family has asked to grieve privately, but several people who interacted with the athlete expressed their condolences. For its part, the school where the athlete attended is providing grief counseling to students.

Bitten on the job: Handling a dog bite

You deliver packages for a living. You're an employee, and you are on the job regularly. You've become familiar with the neighborhood pets. You know which pets are likely to feel aggressive toward you and which are friendly.

Lately, you've noticed one dog in particular that seems to have become aggressive when he sees you. You asked the owner politely to make sure the dog is restrained when you approach, just in case it decides to snap. The owner plays off the issue, letting you know that the pet would never bite a person.

After a ladder fall, a victim will need experienced counsel

A previous post on this blog gave San Diego construction workers some important pointers on how to avoid falling from a ladder. The post also reminded workers that if they should fall while on the job, they should file for workers' compensation benefits.

This is all true, and our law office has the experience and knowledge to help a victim file his or her claim for workers' compensation. The goal of doing so would be to collect payments that would reimburse medical bills and would also cover part of the victim's lost wages.

Are you following these important ladder safety tips at work?

It doesn't matter where you are using a ladder or what type of project you are working on, your safety should always come first.

If you don't know how to properly use a ladder at work, for instance, you are putting yourself at risk of an accident and serious injury.

Motorcyclist in area killed by alleged drunk driver

A recent car accident in the San Diego area, which police involved drunk, or possibly drugged, driving, left a motorcyclist dead.

According to local police, the accident happened close to an intersection in the evening hours. The driver of a passenger vehicle, whom police later arrested after investigating the accident, decided to turn left in to the oncoming traffic lane. Apparently, the driver did not see that the motorcyclist was coming from the opposite direction and therefore struck the motorcycle in the course of the turn, throwing the motorcyclist off the bike and on to the top of another car.

Car accidents in construction zones

Previous posts on this blog have shared information with San Diego residents about the so-called "Fatal Four" types of construction accidents. However, if someone looks at the statistics carefully, one should really call the "Fatal Four" the "Fatal Five," as many deaths, over 300 annually if one adds up the numbers, result from motor vehicle accidents in a construction zone.

These accidents can involve any number of circumstances. Some of them occur because motorists are prone to speeding through California construction zones without paying attention to the construction crews who are working around them, often disregarding warning signs and traffic rules in the process.

We represent a variety of professions in work comp claims

As a previous post on this blog discussed, while construction worker in San Diego are exposed to a lot of dangers at work, so are workers in many other professions, including professions one might not immediately think of as dangerous, such as food service or the medical profession.

No matter what one's profession is, however, an injured worker in California is still going to need help getting back on his or her feet. The worker will likely need to have medical bills and expenses covered, and, if they have to be out of work to recover for any length of time, they will need coverage for their loss wages. These are the sorts of things workers' compensation is meant to provide, no matter what one's line of work is.

3 things to know about filing a personal injury claim

When someone suffers an injury due to another person or company's negligence, it can often result in a personal injury case. One example would be if you were driving to work along your usual route through San Diego when another driver ran a red light and t-boned your car. As a consequence of the accident, you suffered several serious injuries. In order to recover your losses, such as medical expenses and the damages to your car, you would file a personal injury claim.

If you have suffered an injury due to someone else's negligence or recklessness, you may be wondering how to get a fair and sufficient settlement. To learn more about the settlement process, read further.

The most dangerous private job might not be construction

Even this blog focuses heavily on construction accidents in and around the San Diego area. Construction workers do indeed put their lives at risk every day they go to work, and they should be acknowledged for that, at least by getting taken care of if and when they get hurt.

However, construction workers are not the only profession in California in which employees suffers a higher rate of workplace injuries. For instance, when one looks at the most recent statistics available, it is very clear that medical professionals like nurses, particularly those who work in hospitals, have a particularly high rate of work-related injuries.

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