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Workplace accidents: An ounce of prevention can help

When people in any industry report to work in California they like to believe they are reporting to a safe place to work. A study released recently by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) identified 12 companies with the highest risk factors for workplace accidents.  Amazon and Tesla were both among the companies that were listed.

Companies that appear on the list have been told of the issues they face and have been told to correct the deficiency. Failure to make such corrections to safety hazards can have tragic results. Workers frequently pay the price for the failure to make corrections to safety issues. The list was compiled based on frequency and severity of injuries, unnecessary and preventable risks and repeat citations by state authorities.

Many Amazon employees are temporary or contract employees. This can make accountability for accidents difficult. Where Tesla is concerned, the National COSH report indicated that significant injuries at the Fremont plant were 31 percent higher than the industry average in 2015 and 2016, and serious injuries were 83 percent higher in 2016.

No one should have to sacrifice personal safety in order to do a job he or she was hired to do in California. If workplace accidents do occur, having a confidential conversation with an experienced workers' compensation attorney may prove beneficial. A knowledgeable attorney can assist the individual in pursuing a workers' compensation claim, including an appeal from an initial denial. A successfully navigated claim can assist with lost wages, medical expenses and other applicable losses.

Source: gizmodo.com, "Amazon and Tesla Facilities Named Among the Most Dangerous Workplaces in America [Updated]", Melanie Ehrenkranz, April 25, 2018

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