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CA injury lawyerA California postal worker was found dead in her truck Friday during what turned out to be a record-breaking hot day in Woodland Hills. The 63-year-old worker was delivering mail when it was 117 degrees outside, the hottest temperature recorded in Woodland Hills since 1976, when the temperature reached 106 degrees. The woman’s family is blaming her death on the heat and is pushing the U.S. Postal Service to change their protocol on high-temperature days.

Cause of Death Is Undetermined

The woman, who had worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 28 years, had just returned to her job after months off for a broken ankle. Her family stated that she had previously suffered a heat stroke, and also thinks the heat has something to do with her death. When the woman was found unresponsive in her truck, emergency responders attempted to revive her, but pronounced her dead on the scene after several attempts. The Los Angeles County coroner said an autopsy was performed, but her cause of death is still pending.

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San Jose construction site accident lawyerThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that is delaying enforcement of parts of a new rule aimed increasing workplace and construction site safety. The provisions specifically address post-reporting retaliation and were set to take effect on August 10, 2016, but have been pushed back to November 1, 2016, so affected companies and contractors have more time to become educated about the new requirements. At least one lawsuit has also been filed by industry and trade groups seeking to have the provisions removed from the rule altogether.

Electronic Recording and Reporting

Earlier this year, OSHA issued a set of regulations—known as a final rule—looking to improve workplace injury and illness tracking, including injuries that occur on construction sites. The rule requires employers in particular industries to electronically record and report data about on-the-job accidents and illnesses so OSHA can use the information to identify trends and develop safety protocols. The rule also updates requirements regarding the way employers inform their workers about reporting workplace injuries. The recording and reporting portion of the rule is set to be phased in over the next two years.

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