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Workers injured after elevator shaft fall in California

A construction accident injured four workers on Feb. 16 in North Hollywood when they fell down a shaft for an elevator. Three of the workers suffered critical injuries in the fall, which was roughly 30 feet into the shaft, according to multiple reports. The site for the construction project was located on the 11000 block of Otsego Street at a building spanning five stories.

The elevator shaft was still under construction at the site when the accident occurred. The four men range from 45-to-60-years-old. The accident occurred around 1 p.m., on Feb. 16. According to investigators, the crew was installing metal sheeting in the elevator shaft when the accident happened.

How can I preserve evidence from a car accident?

When you are involved in a car accident, it can be traumatizing, stressful and overwhelming all at one time. You might not know what to do following an accident, especially if you've never been involved in one. It's very important for you to remain at the scene, even if you weren't the at-fault driver. It's also important that you seek medical attention from responding emergency personnel. Preserving evidence is another task you might want to perform after an accident.

The best thing you can do to preserve evidence is to take pictures. Take pictures of the damage to all cars involved. Take pictures of the debris scattered on the road. Pictures will be a big help to the responding officers and for any legal case you want to file due to the accident.

A truck driver to stand trail for killing 13 in an Alhambra crash

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, a judge in Pasadena let a 51-year-old Georgia truck driver, who's facing 40 different criminal offenses including reckless driving and vehicular manslaughter, know that his case is going to trial. He stands accused of having caused the deaths of 13 passengers on a tour bus that crashed into the rear of his truck along Interstate 10 during the early morning hours of Oct. 23, 2016.

Testimony provided at the preliminary hearing by the lead California Highway Patrol officer responsible for investigating the crash pointed to trucker fatigue as having played a role in causing the crash.

The importance of ladder safety for construction workers

Construction workers, please don’t overlook ladder safety. Your life and the lives of your colleagues may depend on it. At construction sites, this common and necessary piece of equipment is used for roofing, painting and other general repair work.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the people at the greatest risk of a ladder fall are workers who are male, Hispanic, older, self-employed and work for smaller companies. Injuries from a ladder fall can be serious and include fractures, sprains, contusions, lacerations as well as spinal and brain injuries.

The cost of fatal vehicle crashes in California

Living in the state of California means that you have to deal with an incredible amount of traffic. The highways are almost always backed up with travel times causing commuters many headaches. With so many vehicles on the roads, it isn't surprising that there are hundreds of fatal motor vehicle accidents each year in the state. Today, we will take a look at the cost of fatal vehicle crashes in California.

The latest data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are from 2013. That year, more than 3,400 people lost their lives due to some sort of motor vehicle accident. Victims included passengers and drivers in vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists.

Recoverable damages stemming from a truck accident

The more often you drive, the likelier it is that you will encounter trucks on the roads of California. Despite the constant congestion, tragic accidents occur all too often on the roads of the state. The more trucks you see, the better the economy is performing. Even though trucks are important, they can be deadly to other drivers. Let's take a look at the recoverable damages stemming from a truck accident.

Victims of truck accidents are legally allowed to recover damages for their medical expenses. Being injured in a truck accident can cause severe injuries that lead to thousands of dollars in medical bills stemming from a lengthy hospital stay full of tests and surgeries.

Could semitruck guardrails save lives?

Motorists in states like California may someday become safer thanks to a proposed bill aimed at semitruck designs. In late December 2017, federal lawmakers proposed legislation that would require large commercial trucks to include side guards to prevent a deadly type of collision known as an underride. The real question is whether such developments will actually result in an effective law that saves lives.

What is failure to diagnose an injury or illness?

Going to the doctor can wrack your nerves. Even if you are going for a well visit, you never know what might be found by the doctor. On the other side of things, you might schedule a sick visit and the doctor says nothing is wrong with you. This can be very disheartening, especially if you know there's something not right. This is known as failure to diagnose. So, what exactly is failure to diagnose an illness?

Doctors are supposed to be trusted experts in their field. You put your health in their hands so much so that you rely on them to get it right the first time. Doctors are also human. They will make mistakes. They very well could make a mistake when it comes to issuing a diagnosis for your illness. They might either fail to diagnose the illness, diagnose the wrong illness or even delay the diagnosis.

Proper construction site safety equipment and clothing

Working on a construction site is rewarding and dangerous all in one shot. You feel a sense of accomplishment when you see the finished product. You can also have fear and worry as you move through the steps of the project due to the inherent dangers of the job. Today, we will discuss the proper construction site safety equipment and clothing all workers in Pasadena should have.

You should have the following personal safety equipment or gear when working on a construction site in Pasadena:

  • Steel-toed boots
  • Goggles
  • Approved helmet
  • Gloves
  • Ear plugs or sound-canceling headset
  • Breathing mask
  • Face shield for cutting, welding, chipping or grinding
  • FR clothing for electrical work
  • Welding leathers for welding work
  • Reflective vest

Who is legally allowed to file a lawsuit for wrongful death?

Experiencing the loss of a loved one is overwhelming. If you lost your loved one due to wrongful death, you might never be able to recover emotionally. If you have been affected by the wrongful death of a loved one, you will want to know the legal action you can take. So, who is legally allowed to file a lawsuit for wrongful death in California?

The family of the victim in a wrongful death case is legally allowed to file a lawsuit for the death of their loved one. The estate of the deceased is also legally able to file a lawsuit for the wrongful death situation.

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