Work safety issues at California airport?

According to officials with a local labor union, California Senator Ted Lieu of Torrance is interesting in addressing the potentially unsafe working conditions at Los Angeles International Airport in California. The focus on work safety at the airport comes a couple of weeks after an airport employee was killed driving on the airfield. At this time, Cal/OHSA, California's regulatory agency for workplace safety, has begun looking into the matter and is investigating the incident.

The employee lost his life in late February 2014. He worked as employee of Menzies Aviation. While employees of the aviation company are not a part of a union, safety advocates from a local union have focused attention on the tragic matter.

According to the union, airport employment has become more and more hazardous over the years. Safety advocates point to the choice of airline companies to push work out to third-party contractors. Fortunately, the contracting company Menzies is working with the state's safety agency in aftermath of the tragedy.

California workplace accidents

Workers' compensation is a no-fault system, which limits liability of employers in injury claims. Under California law, employers are provided with civil immunity from a personal injury claim in exchange for the supply of workers' compensation insurance and benefits to injured workers. Employees injured in a workplace accident can be guaranteed financial assistance for a job-related injury, but they must give up their right to sue the employing company. These benefits can assist with medical expense and any lost wages during the period of recovery. However, the system does not cover costs for pain and suffering. Moreover, if a workplace accident results in a fatality, there are options for surviving family members of victims, too.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a job-related accident, know that there are options. For many, employment is crucial to survival. However, when an injury gets in the way, it helps knowing that there are legal safety nets, which can protect your employment while you take the time to recover and heal from an unexpected accident.

Workplace accidents come in many forms, including the following:

  • Joint injuries
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Construction mishaps
  • Factory injuries
  • Burn and explosion accidents
  • Head injuries

To learn how to secure benefits in California after your specific accident, speak with a local personal injury law professional. A lawyer can help you get back on your feet.