The Florida Department of Health recently reported that it detected the presence of mosquitoes carrying dangerous viruses. The risks of mosquito bites are always higher during the summer months, and outdoor workers will be wise to take precautions. Although the workers' compensation program of the state covers mosquito-related illnesses, prevention is crucial because bites by infected mosquitoes can cause death or long-term health consequences.
Following up on our June 10 blog post about a Florida family claiming Tiger Woods played a role in their bartender son's death ("Tiger Woods faces wrongful death lawsuit"), the plaintiffs have amended the complaint. They removed the professional golfer from the list of defendants in the wrongful death lawsuit. Wood's girlfriend, Erica Herman, who is the general manager of The Woods Jupiter remains a defendant, along with the restaurant.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict standards when it comes to excavations and trenches. Regardless, numerous workers' compensation benefits claims are filed in Florida each year for trench and excavation-related injuries. In a recent workplace accident, a worker was trapped when the ground next to an excavation collapsed.
Federal and state safety authorities want employers to take all the necessary precautions to keep trench workers safe. Construction company owners in Florida form part of the annual National Trench Safety Stand Down in June, which has the Occupational Safety and Health Administration providing training and support to employers. Employers are encouraged to focus safety training on excavation trigger numbers, not only to limit trench-related workers' compensation claims but also to save lives.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation into a fatal workplace accident that happened in Florida on a recent Wednesday morning. The incident occurred on the Palm Beach construction site of a development at the former location of Testa's Restaurant. Such tragedies typically lead to workers' compensation claims filed by surviving family members.
Construction sites in Florida are dangerous places that pose numerous safety hazards. This was underscored by a recent accident that would likely lead to a workers' compensation claim. Rescue workers were called to a construction site after receiving a call about an injured worker.
Workers in all industries in Florida are vulnerable to occupational hazards. When severe injuries or fatalities result from workplace accidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration typically launches investigations to determine the circumstances that caused them, and also the level of compliance with safety standards. However, regardless of the outcome of the inquiry, injured workers or surviving family members of workers who lost their lives in on-the-job accidents are usually eligible for workers' compensation benefits.
During the activity of workers getting Disney's Epcot theme park ready for the 2022 celebrations of its 40th birthday, a tragedy claimed the life of a construction worker. The family of a 58-year-old worker will likely be eligible for workers' compensation survivor's benefits for financial assistance. Reportedly, the incident at this Florida theme park occurred on a recent Tuesday.
Outdoor workers in Florida are frequently exposed to the risks posed by excessive heat. While federal safety authorities have standards that require employers to protect workers from heat stress, some advocates are now pushing for the passing of a proposed bill for the construction and agriculture industries to mandate heat illness prevention. The goal is to set standards statewide for employers to provide outdoor workers with enough drinking water and frequent rest breaks in shaded areas. Compliance will likely limit heat illness-related workers' compensation claims.
Most workers in Florida find comfort in knowing that their employers carry insurance to cover them in the event of workplace injuries. However, workplace injury victims are disappointed by how the state-regulated workers' compensation system deals with their injuries. In one such a case, a severely traumatized worker claims the insurance provider deemed him fit to return to work without sending him for the necessary tests.