Construction is big business in California. Whether residential or commercial, recent improvements to economic growth indicators have boosted investor confidence and this has resulted in a boom for construction. Firms are making use of apprentice programs in an attempt to keep pace with demand. While apprentices are expected to learn while on the job, it is also expected that they receive training to make them aware of all safety regulations and safety procedures that may apply. When employers fail to take the time to ensure their employees are familiar with safety regulations and policies, this can lead to unnecessary workplace injuries.
Recently, an apprentice suffered a fall from a scissor lift while working on a new shop building for Kelseyville High School, located in northern California. The young man was airlifted to an area hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries the following day.
California Occupational Health and Safety Administration officials have opened an investigation, centering around a date discrepancy and also whether or not there were any violations of established workplace procedures or safety codes. The accident was reported to have happened on Oct. 23 and the young man was reported to have died on Nov. 1, according to the state. However, according to a company official, the man passed away the day after the accident on Oct. 24. Cal/OSHA can take up to six months to issue citations for violations.
Workplace injuries are an inherent risk in many occupations, including construction. Comprehensive safety training can substantially reduce these risks. Apprentices are typically covered under California's workers' comp laws. If you are a California resident who has suffered a workplace injury stemming from questionable training regarding safety procedures, it might benefit you to speak with an experienced workers' compensation attorney. A lawyer can review the facts of the case and advise which options are available to you under the law.