Workers Compensation

American Apparel Factory Worker Killed in Garden Grove Knitting Machine Accident

- Paul Zuckerman

The recent death of a 49-year-old American Apparel worker at a Garden Grove factory has raised concern about working conditions and safety standards. The male employee was crushed by a circular knitting machine after trying to remove a jammed roll of fabric. According to The Huffington Post, the circular knitting equipment unexpectedly turned on after the worker entered the cage of the machine. He was unconscious and maintenance crews had to “de-engergize” the machine when emergency crew got to the factory. The worker died shortly after arriving at a local hospital.

While an investigation conducted by the California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) is ongoing, an initial report mentions that a comparable accident took place at a Los Angeles American Apparel factory in 2006. A worker walked into the circular knitting machine to release fabric that had become stuck when a co-worker turned on the equipment without noticing someone was inside. As a consequence, the worker was struck by a rotating drum and required an ear amputation. The general manager and plant manager of the Garden Grove facility are reported to have been the same managers at the Los Angeles facility when the accident happened.

The safety and security of employees should be an employer’s main concern. Making employee well being a priority helps prevent serious injury and fatal accidents from occurring on-the-job. Although workers’ compensation benefits provide financial restitution for workers and their families in the event of an accident, some employers or even insurance companies may make actually obtaining this compensation extremely difficult or altogether impossible.

Because work accidents often involve complex legal matters, an injured worker or family members of a deceased worker may want to get in touch with a lawyer who will really listen and find a solution. A Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorney at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley can help you if your life has been affected by an accident on-the-job. Contact our firm today for a free consultation by calling 213-514-8332.

Worker Injured in Conveyor Belt Accident in Pasadena

- Paul Zuckerman

work injury claim According to a recent article in The Los Angeles Times, a worker at the Salvation Army warehouse located in Pasadena, CA was injured when his arm became stuck in a conveyor belt. Pasadena firefighters were able to free the man after 30 minutes using rescue equipment and transported him to a local hospital.

Spokeswoman for the Pasadena Fire Department, Lisa Derderian, said that it is not clear how the worker’s arm became caught in the conveyor belt. “We’re hoping [doctors] will be able to save the arm,” she said.

The incident is still under investigation by workplace health and safety officials.

Unfortunately, worksite accidents can occur for a variety of reasons that are not the fault of the injured worker. In California, employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance in the event that an employee suffers injury or worse while on the job in order to help cover the cost of medical bills, lost wages, or other financial losses. However, in some cases, insurance companies may attempt to offer inadequate compensation or even deny a worker’s injury claim all together in order to save money.

With the help of experienced legal representatives, injured workers can build a case against employers and insurance companies to obtain the legitimate benefits that they deserve. A skilled lawyer will prove whether employer negligence, defective machinery, or the reckless actions of another worker contributed to an injury accident.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a work-related accident, the Beverly Hills workers’ compensation lawyers at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley can review your case and help you understand your legal options. Please contact us at 213-514-8332 for a free consultation.

Prevent Workplace Slip and Fall Accidents during National Safety Month

- Paul Zuckerman

Slip Fall Accident Prevent Workplace Slip and Fall Accidents during National Safety MonthThroughout the United States, thousands of workers are injured each year while on the job, with slip and fall accidents ranking among the top reported causes of unintentional injuries. To help promote hazard prevention in the workplace and at home, the National Safety Council (NSC) has designated June as National Safety Month. While no workplace is entirely free of risks, both employers and employees can take steps to create a safe work environment and reduce slip and fall accidents as much as possible.

The following tips have been issued by the NSC as part of the slips, trips, and falls week:


  • Keep walkways and stairs open and accessible by removing clutter.
  • Provide adequate lighting both indoors and outdoors.
  • If there is a spill or tripping hazard that cannot be immediately removed, place warning signs to alert others of the possible danger.
  • Install handrails and guardrails on stairways and porches to prevent falls.
  • Keep electrical cords out of high traffic areas.

National Safety Month acts as a necessary reminder that employers and employees share responsibilities for keeping workplaces safe year-round. Employers are required by state and federal law to ensure that their worksite meets safety and health standards at all times, while employees may anonymously report safety issues to Cal/OSHA in order to enforce and administer safety regulations.

In the event that you or a loved one has been injured on the job due to another party’s reckless actions or negligence, the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP can help you obtain worker’s compensation benefits. Far too often, injured workers are denied adequate reimbursement for their losses. Contact us at 213-514-8332 for a free consultation.

Report Reveals Healthcare Industry is the Most Dangerous for Workers

- Paul Zuckerman

doctors nurses 9955305 300x199 Report Reveals Healthcare Industry is the Most Dangerous for WorkersThe non-profit watchdog organization Public Citizen recently released a report revealing that the healthcare industry has surpassed construction and manufacturing as one of the most unsafe occupations for employees. The report claims that nurses, orderlies, and nurses’ aides suffer more musculoskeletal injuries than workers in any other profession because of an overall lack of regulation of health and safety standards.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the government agency charged with ensuring workplace safety for all employees in the United States, reportedly spends less time investigating hospitals and medical facilities for safety violations.

In 2012, OSHA conducted only one-twentieth the amount of inspections on healthcare facilities as they did on construction sites.

The most at-risk in the healthcare industry are long-term care workers and nursing home employees because they are often required to lift excessive weight when transferring patients and work long hours.

In response to the report, OSHA argued that it simply does not have adequate funding and resources to investigate and enforce safety standards in all work sectors.

The unfortunate discrepancy and OSHA’s limited ability to regulate workplace safety ultimately deprives healthcare workers of the protections the government has promised them.

Contact a Beverly Hills workers’ compensation attorney at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley if you or someone you love has been injured or suffered illness while on the job. With an experienced lawyer at your side to fight for your rights as an employee, you can obtain the benefits and financial coverage you need to recover. Please contact our law firm at 213-514-8332 for a free initial evaluation of your case.

Fumes at Kern County Recycling Plant Kill Teen Worker

- Paul Zuckerman

A teenager died on Wednesday, September 12 at a recycling plant due to fumes in the drain pipe that he was cleaning, according to The Los Angeles Times. The teenager and his older brother, who had attempted to rescue him, were found unconscious down a shaft. The victim’s older brother was critically injured but survived the incident. After the death, the tunnel was tested and found positive for high levels of hydrogen sulfide, a gas that is naturally produced from compost. The gas can damage a person’s brain and nervous system when inhaled.

Fumes at Kern County Recycling Plant Kill Teen Worker

The recycling plant had allegedly only issued painter’s masks and rubber boots as safeguards against the fumes for the brothers. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health as well as the U.S. Department of Labor are currently investigating the incident further.

It is a company’s responsibility to provide the proper safety equipment in relation to the job duties of its employees. All workplaces have their risks and possible causes of injury; however, fields that include construction, heavy machinery, and the presence of chemicals often hold great risk for workers. Everything ranging from falls to fume inhalation to heavy equipment accidents can happen at a job, and as such, injured workers are entitled to workers’ compensation in Los Angeles.

However, the most catastrophic injuries can lead to the death of a worker. If this was caused by the unsafe nature of the workplace or the negligence of a third party, such as a contractor, subcontractor, or manufacturer of a defective product, then the family of the worker can file a wrongful death claim against the responsible party or parties.

If one of your loved ones has died due to another’s negligence, then you have the right to pursue compensation for the anguish, hurt, and hardship caused by the death. The skilled California wrongful death lawyers at the law offices of Carpenter, Zuckerman, & Rowley have the dedication and legal knowledge to successfully fight for the proper compensation of our clients. The attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman, & Rowley won the largest verdict in Kern County history, a 31.6 multi-million jury award, for a girl injured in a drunk driving accident. For a free consultation about your specific accident, call us today at 213-514-8332.