Construction is a type of job that can come with certain risks for the men and women employed in this field. Despite the chance of on-the-job injuries that comes with working in construction, a California worker still has the right to a workplace that is reasonably free from avoidable hazards and preventable accidents. One of the most common reasons for injuries to construction workers is falls from heights.
Everyone knows that some places of work are more dangerous than others, but still, all workers are entitled to safe working conditions. Therefore, companies that are aware of possible increased risks should also do everything in their power to ensure safe working conditions. A Californian company is currently under investigation by the state's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, referred to as Cal/OSHA. The investigation follows after an incident that led to the death of an employee on a recent Wednesday in October.
Of late, Tesla, the electric car manufacturer, has been in the news a number of times over a variety of issues, and still it seems the company's woes are not at an end. The California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health recently opened two inquiries into factory safety at plants belonging to the car manufacturer. Two workers working at the Fremont plant suffered on-the-job injuries on two consecutive days.
Dogs that are chosen for work as canine officers are selected for their fearless temperaments and obedience. It takes much time and practice to ensure that these dogs are suitable to work as effective aids for their human partners. Unfortunately, in the process of training one of these future K-9 officers, a California county worker suffered serious injuries when he was mistakenly attacked.
A recent fatal workplace accident in California has once again highlighted the dangers associated with construction work. The accident happened at about 4.30 p.m. on a recent Friday in August. According to reports, a signal technician, 51 years old, was struck by, and then pinned under, a steel beam.
Record-high summer temperatures have been recorded in California during the month of July. While some may enjoy the hot weather, workers may be exposed to unsafe work conditions, especially if they work in an environment where they are not protected from these high temperatures. The possibility of workers' compensation claims cannot be excluded.
The saying "safety in numbers" holds particularly true in establishing a safe working environment. Often safety awareness is created when one employee observes another. However, unsafe working conditions may lead to claims for monetary relief. In cases of workers working on their own away from others, one question arises -- do such workers have the same rights in terms of workers' compensation claims?
In its pursuit of protecting workers from harm, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes safety regulations for all industries. The California Division of Health and Safety visits companies to monitor the compliance with these rules. Where necessary, OSHA puts industry-specific regulations in place to address hazards that are unique, or of exceptional concern for particular industries. Records of workers' compensation benefits claims often indicate which injuries and illnesses are prevalent in specific sectors.
There is no doubt that some jobs are more dangerous than others. A tragic accident on a recent Thursday in June makes one aware of the dangers faced by construction workers working on California roads. The death of two road workers leaves the families with a choice to file workers' compensation claims.
Employers are required to do everything reasonably in their power to ensure the safety of their employees. A disregard for the safety of employees may lead to on\-the\-job injuries, which may then result in workers' compensation claims. When California employers and/or managers disregard safety regulations, the risk of an accident leading to fatal injuries increases.