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Chico Worker Injury Lawyer: Reminder for Grain-Handling Employers

Posted on Oct 30, 2013

This September, the California Department of Industrial Relation’s (DIR) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) joined federal OSHA in issuing a safety alert to agricultural employers regarding the dangers of grain handling and confined spaces. Chico workplace injury attorneys applaud these agencies efforts toward greater accountability for agricultural employers.

“Although California has not seen as many grain bin injuries as other states, it is still a huge concern,” said Acting Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum. “California, like the nation, supports all efforts to reduce injuries and fatalities at grain handling facilities.”

Since the start of 2012, Cal/OSHA has been running an ongoing Special Emphasis Program on Confined Spaces. The program highlights education and training for employers and stronger enforcement in agriculture, construction, and general industry. For example, employers must now:

  • Have a written confined space plan,
  • Regularly test the air inside a confined space,
  • Provide training for employees working in confined spaces,
  • Have an effective emergency rescue plan

In 2011, 27 U.S. workers were the victims of grain entrapment incidents, 8 of which resulted in fatalities.

The alert was issued as part of President Obama’s newly established National Farm Safety and Health Week, running from September 15th through the 21st this year.

Victims and families of confined space injuries need an advocate in collecting the compensation needed for ongoing medical expenses and support. Talk to a Chico workers' comp lawyer in a free consultation to learn more about your rights and options. Call the Ledgerwood Law Group toll-free at 888-761-7383 today. Also, be sure to order a free copy of our informative book, The California Workers’ Compensation Survival Manual.

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