A tragic bus accident in northwest Arizona, close to the border of the state, left six people seriously injured and the driver of the bus dead. While traveling, the bus suddenly went off the road, into a ditch, and then up an embankment. Thankfully, the rest of the bus's approximately 50 passengers either required no medical attention or were able to receive treatment at local hospitals.
Bumble Bee Foods, located in a state the borders Arizona, made national news recently for a manufacturing accident that took the life of one of their long-time employees. The worker, who was skilled and had worked with that equipment for years, was found dead inside one of the company's commercial pressure cookers at their plant in the nearby state. Foul play has been ruled out, but it's not yet known how the factory accident occurred. A state investigation is underway and could take several months to complete.
Many Arizona residents work as "independent contractors." An independent contractor may provide services to another person or company on a regular basis but does not thereby become an employee of that person or company. Common examples of "independent contractors" include plumbers and cleaning service providers. Lawyers are also thought of as "independent contractors" for their clients. Oftentimes, an independent contractor may operate his or her own business.
The mother of a man has sharply criticized OSHA, a federal agency which oversees workplace safety in Arizona and throughout the country, after it fined a company only $68,000 for the company's role in a workplace accident that killed her son.
Workers in Arizona enjoy a no-fault workers' compensation system. This means that whenever an employee is hurt at work, even if the injury is partially or mostly the employee's own fault, the employee should receive appropriate workers' compensation benefits.