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May 2, 2012

Construction Worker in San Diego Injured in Scaffolding Collapse

A construction worker suffered major injuries on the job after a scaffolding collapsed on a job site and left him trapped under twisted steel and thick wooden planks. According to a 10News report, the major injury incident occurred at the Office Depot on Highland Avenue in National City, the night of May 1, 2012. Officials say the scaffolding was supporting large wood planks that formed a protective tunnel for the store's entrance. The victim was working underneath when the structure collapsed on him. He was transported to an area hospital and his current condition is unknown. Investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are looking into what caused this scaffolding accident.

My heart goes out to this injured worker and his family. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

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March 15, 2012

Worker Suffers 40-Foot Fall at San Bernardino Industrial Plant

A worker suffered severe job injuries after falling 40 feet onto a concrete floor at a metal forging and fabrication plant in Rancho Cucamonga. According to a news report in The San Bernardino County Sun, the injury accident occurred the morning of March 14, 2012 at the industrial plant in the 11700 block of Arrow Highway. The worker suffered major injuries after he fell through a 3-by-4-foot floor opening that did not have guardrails around it. Firefighters had to make their way down a narrow staircase and then back up with the victim who could only be carried in a chair stretcher. The worker was transported to an area hospital. An investigation is ongoing.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the injured worker and his family for what they are going through at this time. I wish the injured victim the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

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December 7, 2011

Worker Injured in Fall at Newport Beach City Hall Construction Site

A construction worker suffered serious job injuries after falling at the site of Newport Beach's future city hall building. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the construction accident occurred the morning of December 6, 2011 in the 1100 block of Avocado Avenue. Officials say the male worker fell about 30 feet and was taken to a regional trauma center for treatment. The worker was said to have been in "stable" condition when he was transported to the hospital. Cal-OSHA is expected to investigate this incident. Details about how the worker fell were not released.

My thoughts and prayers are with this injured construction worker and his family. I wish him the very best for a quick and full recovery from whatever injuries he has sustained.

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November 30, 2011

Three Injured in Los Angeles Construction Accident

Three men suffered serious injuries on the job after the trench in which they were working caved in on them. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the construction accident occurred at 12130 W. Keswick Street in Sun Valley the afternoon of November 29, 2011. The three workers were buried up to their waists. They were rescued by firefighters and transported to an area hospital. One of the workers is said to be in serious condition and the other two are reportedly in fair condition. Officials are looking into what caused this cave-in.

My thoughts and prayers are with these injured construction workers. I'm relieved to hear that they were rescued in a timely manner. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your prayers.

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September 2, 2011

Four Construction Workers Injured in San Francisco Roof Collapse

San Francisco Construction AccidentFour men suffered serious job injuries in a San Francisco construction accident involving a roof collapse, the morning of August 31, 2011. According to a news report in The San Francisco Chronicle, the construction accident occurred at an apartment building being constructed in the 2200 block of Third Street, close to 19th Street. The four employees of Nibbi Brothers General Contractors were doing a concrete pour when the roof collapsed over a stairwell. The workers fell a couple of floors and were also covered in wet concrete. One of the workers, 22-year-old Justin Castro, suffered a broken leg, a broken pelvis and dislocated arm. Another injured worker was identified as 29-year-old Mauricio Hernandez. Cal/OSHA investigators are looking into the cause of this construction site collapse.

My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this San Francisco on-the-job accident. I wish them the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.

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August 3, 2011

Worker Killed after 30-Foot Fall at Los Angeles Waste Water Treatment Plant

Los Angeles workplace injuryEdgar Gonzalez, 30, who was working on a construction project at the Hyperion waste water treatment plant sustained fatal job injuries after a 30-foot fall. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the accident occurred at the plant on Vista del Mar, near El Segundo, the afternoon of Aug. 2, 2011. The man had been erecting a wall panel at the plant and was trying to secure the top when he fell.

Investigators from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, known as Cal/OSHA, are looking into the cause of this tragic accident. The man was not a Hyperion employee, but worked for USS Cal Builders, an Orange County-based general contractor. Hyperion officials say this is the first construction-related fatality at that plant since it was first modernized in the 1950s.

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April 5, 2011

Construction Workers Injured after Falling into Trench

Two workers sustained injuries on the job at a construction site in Lake Elsinore when they fell into a trench that was 20 feet deep. According to a news report in The Riverside Press Enterprise, the construction site accident occurred near Auto Center and Diamond drives the afternoon of April 4, 2011. Both men were able to get out of the trench. They were transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries, but are expected to survive. The cause of this accident is under investigation.

My heart goes out to these two injured construction workers. It is indeed fortunate that the trench did not cave in. This could have been a fatal accident. I wish them both the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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June 11, 2009

Ventura County Construction Accident Injures Worker

A 36-year-old man suffered injuries in an Oxnard construction accident after he fell from the roof of a building where he was working. According to a news report in the Ventura County Star, the worker was fixing a hole in the roof of building that had been damaged by fire in the 3700 block of Hemlock Street, the morning of June 9, 2009. The worker fell through the roof hitting fluorescent lights on his way to the ground about 25 feet below. Oxnard fire officials said the man was knocked out briefly, but was conscious when he was transported to an area hospital. His injuries are apparently not life-threatening.

My heart goes out to this construction worker who suffered serious personal injury in this Ventura County on-the-job injury accident. But, I'm extremely relieved that he survived a 25-foot fall, which definitely, could have been catastrophic. I wish this man the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep this worker and his family in your prayers.

According to the California Department of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) statistics, there were 84 construction accident related fatalities in California in 2005. A total of 59 people died in California in 2005 in construction and industrial accidents involving falls from a higher elevation.

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June 3, 2009

Orange County Construction Accident Injures Man

A man was injured in a Orange County construction accident the afternoon of June 2, 2009, The Orange County Register reports. Orange County firefighters rescued the construction worker, who was trapped up to his waist in a 10-foot trench. The man remained conscious during the hour-long rescue operation and is recovering from his California personal injuries, officials say. The Orange County construction accident occurred at a construction site on Moody Street and Malaga Drive in La Palma. The man was apparently working when the walls of the trench came down. The man was eventually able to climb out using a ladder after firefighters dug out much of the dirt that had caved in.

I'm extremely relieved that this Southern California construction accident did not result in tragedy like many other trench collapse incidents have. I commend the firefighters who rescued this man and wish the personally injured worker the very best for a quick and complete recovery.

Trench cave-ins are unfortunately common construction site accidents that can be fatal or cause significant injuries. According to Cal/OSHA’s statistics, over a five-year period between 2001 and 2005, 26 Californians have been killed in trench collapses and 207 Californians have been injured in these entirely preventable construction accidents.

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March 29, 2009

Atwater Construction Accident

Fatal Construction Accident In Atwater

Gregory Moore, a 50-year-old Stockton man, was killed in a northern California construction accident on March 25, 2009. According to a news report in the Modesto Bee, Moore, an employee of Bay City Construction, was with a crew rebuilding Highway 99 near Atwater. Moore was bending over to pick up some debris when he was knocked down and run over by a tractor. Moore was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Moore's team was working on the southbound lane near Grove Avenue, which is being built under contract with Caltrans.

My hear goes out to the family and friends of Gregory Moore who was killed in this tragic on-the-job accident. I offer my deepest sympathies to everyone who knew and loved this man. Please keep them in your prayers.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics construction accidents accounted for 1,226 fatal work injuries in the United States in 2006, the most of any industrial sector. Construction accident fatalities increased by 3 percent in 2006 compared to 2005. According to the California Department of Occupational Health and Safety there were 92 construction accident fatalities in California in 2005.

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November 26, 2008

Worker Critically Injured in Irvine Industrial Accident

A 26-year-old worker at Ceradyne’s Irvine facility was critically injured in an industrial accident after being hit with flying shrapnel on November 22, 2008, The Orange County Register reports. The worker, who remains unidentified, suffered traumatic injuries to his head and body and remains in the hospital in “gravely critical condition”. This 11/22/08 Irvine construction accident happened on the 17000 block of Daimler Street.

According to initial reports from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), a machine at Ceradyne’s facility failed causing the flying shrapnel to hit the worker in the abdomen, thigh and the head. Costa Mesa based Ceradyne develops and manufactures “advanced technical ceramic products and components for defense, industrial, automotive, nuclear, electronic and medical markets,” according to the company’s Web site.

This is a tragic accident and my heart goes out to this worker and his family. I pray for his speedy and complete recovery.

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November 25, 2008

Northridge Construction Site Accident Injures Four

Four construction workers were injured in a Northridge scaffolding collapse accident on November 21, 2008, according to this CBS news report. The construction accident occurred at the four-story Village apartment complex that was under construction on the 9300 block of Corbin Avenue.

Investigators from the California Department of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) are looking into how and why this accident occurred. They are apparently looking into whether all procedures were followed and whether the workers were wearing harnesses at the time of the accident. The men, who have not been identified, took a three-story fall. One man was critically injured, two others suffered moderate injuries and one suffered minor injuries.

It is indeed a relief this 11/21/08 construction site scaffolding accident did not end in fatalities and I wish all four of these workers the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. It is sad that these were just hard-working men who were injured because of someone else’s negligence.

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November 7, 2008

Forklift Driver Suffers Severe Burns in Covina Accident

The 37-year-old driver of a forklift suffered severe burn injuries on November 3, 2008 after he accidentally backed into a gas main and causing an explosion, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports. The man, who has not yet been identified, was delivering supplies to a business in the 500 block of North Howard Avenue in Covina when the 11/3/08 accident occurred. The forklift driver suffered second-degree burns to his arms and legs. He is expected to survive.

Los Angeles fire officials said the worker was very lucky to survive this horrific accident. They are right - this accident could have been a lot worse. I wish this worker the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), forklifts cause about 85 fatal accidents each year and about 34,900 forklift accidents result in serious injury. Industrial Truck Association statistics show that there are about 855,900 forklifts in the United States. This means more than 11 percent of all forklifts will be involved in some type of accident each year.

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October 7, 2008

Paso Robles Construction Accident Kills Two Workers

Jacob Gaines, 24, of Bakersfield and Manuel Villagomez, 38, of Elk Grove died in a Paso Robles construction accident on October 2, 2008 after an excavator hit a water line and submerged both men who were working on a pipeline. According to an article in The Bakersfield Californian, the accident occurred at the intersection of Niblick and South River roads when Gaines and Villagomez were working in a trench.

The San Luis Obispo County Coroner's officials say that the men most likely drowned; autopsy results are pending. Both Gaines and Villagomez were employees of Teichert Construction, a Sacramento-based company. Work on the pipeline has been suspended as investigators from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health are looking into what caused this tragic 10/2/08 construction accident.

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September 15, 2008

Oceanside Construction Accident Leaves Worker With Severe Burn Injuries

A 35-year-old worker suffered severe burn injuries in an Oceanside construction accident Sept. 9 after a plastic can filled with gasoline caught on fire. The worker was trying to refill a gas-powered chain saw when the accident happened. The San Diego Union-Tribune was our source for this blog.

The injured victim, who has still not been identified, was working with a crew that was building a skate park within Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Mesa Drive. According to Oceanside Police Sgt. Kelan Poorman the construction worker was trying to refill the hot chainsaw using a one-gallon plastic container of gasoline and the heat from the chainsaw must have ignited the fumes coming from the can. The construction worker suffered burns over 50 percent of his lower extremities, Poorman said.

Please keep this injured construction worker in your prayers. Had this man received more training on how to handle a chainsaw or how to safely refuel the tool, this accident could have been prevented. It’s tragic!

The injured worker will be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits through his employer. His employer, very likely, is a contractor who is constructing the skate park for the City of Oceanside. Still worker’s compensation benefits in California are pitifully low. They’re definitely not enough to compensate an injured victim for medical bills, medication and loss of wages.

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