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Inmate firefighter in California dies after tree falls on him

An inmate firefighter, age 26, lost his life recently when he was struck by a 3,000-pound falling tree in California. At the time of the incident, his supervisor's radio could not get in touch with emergency officials. The victim was clearing brush when a Douglas fir started falling. The Cal Fire captain shouted at the workers to get away. The victim failed to hear the captain, since the chainsaws they were using were so loud. The falling tree hit him on the head, causing him to subsequently fall in a ditch.

Those injured on the job may seek workers' compensation benefits

Whether one is working in the construction industry, in a factory or even in a white-collar job, it is entirely possible that a person could suffer an injury on-the-job that prevents them from working. For example, a person could fall from a ladder, slip on a spill on the floor or suffer a repetitive stress injury. When this happens, and a person is left unable to work for a period of time, they may be concerned about how they are going to make ends meet financially.

Workers' compensation offers a variety of benefits

Workplace injuries or illnesses permeate every employment sector in California. Of course, it may seem obvious that construction site workers or workers in the manufacturing industry may face dangers in the workplace leading to injuries. But other professions, even office jobs, can still present dangers. For example, a person could be injured after lifting something heavy or a person could suffer injuries if they have to make repetitive movements throughout their shift every day.

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