Many California residents are employed in the restaurant industry, and a significant number of those make their living waiting on tables. Although most jobs come with risk of some sort, this job, like any that is physically demanding, may carry more potential for on-the-job injuries. Unfortunately, injuries that do occur are sometimes a result of an employer's negligence. In a recent example, a jury awarded $235,000 to a waitress in another state who suffered a broken elbow after she slipped and fell on a wet floor in the restaurant at which she was employed.
California residents would likely agree that all workers have the right to expect a safe work environment, no matter their employer. However, on-the-job injuries, unfortunately, can and do occur in many different types of workplace settings. Although some workplaces come with more potential for injuries, such as car manufacturing plants, these employers have a responsibility to be even more diligent about maintaining safety standards and providing proper training for all employees.
Employees of any company are entitled to safe working conditions. Employers are obligated to maintain safety measures on equipment as well as provide sufficient training for all employees in the proper procedures and operation of such machines in order to prevent on-the-job injuries or death. Unfortunately, a California ceramic manufacturing company failed to maintain such standards, resulting in an employee's death and significant penalties for the company.
The United States Bureau of Statistics has reported that approximately 15 million people in America are employed in positions that require working in shifts. Studies conducted across the world, including the United States, point to a number of risks attached to shift work. California employers may benefit from taking cognizance of such risks in order to avoid workers' compensation claims.
A company was recently fined by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health after an accident that happened in June 2018. One employee was seriously injured while working with propane when a single spark led to an explosion. The employee was working in a portable storage container by himself when the accident happened.
Some jobs are more dangerous than others. For example, mining and construction are seen as more dangerous than administrative and office jobs. However, few California employees may realize that attacks in the workplace are the third highest cause of death for certain categories of workers.
On-the-job injuries due to heat while working outside are not unusual, but many employers fail to consider the risk of injuries due to extreme temperatures indoors. California has recently become the first state in the country to establish a threshold for the protection of indoor workers from heat indexes. The need for the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to protect indoor workers, similarly to outdoor workers, has arisen from changes in weather as well as the development of new careers. Employers should take careful notice of the new guidelines in order to avoid workers' compensation claims.
Wildfires have been raging in California, accompanied by heavy smoke. Employers who disregard the dangers of wildfire smoke may end up having to answer to California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. An employee may opt to file a workers' compensation claim if he or she has suffered this type of injury on the job.
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.