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Without hard hat, workplace injuries might have been fatal

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health mandates that employers must provide workers with the necessary personal protective equipment. Compliance with these regulations likely saved the life of a 25-year-old, newly married worker in Fresno. The man's father and his doctor agree that the workplace injuries he suffered could have been fatal had he not worn a hard hat.

Reportedly, the accident occurred on a recent Monday at the site of a steel tank manufacturing company that employs the injured man. According to his father, he was struck on the head by a 250-pound ball that came crashing down when the line that held it on a crane snapped. The circumstances that led to the line breaking is yet to be determined.

The injured worker's family says he drifts in and out of consciousness and suffers some level of memory loss. They are prepared to support him throughout the long and challenging road to recovery. Reportedly, the worker will need to relearn how to speak and walk, and long-term rehabilitation will be required.

California workers who suffer debilitating workplace injuries might find comfort in knowing that the state-regulated insurance program will have their backs. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can provide the necessary support and guidance along every step of the way. Benefits will cover medical expenses, including physical and other therapy, along with lost wages. If the victim suffered a permanent disability and he or she cannot return to the same occupation, supplemental job displacement benefits might be awarded. This will apply if the employer cannot offer modified or alternative work.

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