Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is often seen as an unsubstantiated threat, but it is more real than many believe. A recent study has indicated that between 3 and 6 percent of Americans may be affected by CTS. However, those numbers likely increase when it comes to office workers. Californian companies, especially technology companies, should not be surprised by workers' compensation claims resulting from carpel tunnel syndrome.
Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration publishes a list of the 10 most frequently violated safety rules in workplaces across the country. The purpose of this list is to remind workers and employers of the dangers of violating these standards, with the hope that the number of injuries will decrease.
Everybody, no matter their occupation, is at risk of workplace injuries, but some jobs are more dangerous than others. One such job is firefighting. A recent study has shown that, apart from the more obvious high risk to injury, firefighters may also be more prone to heart attacks.
One of the most hazardous careers one can pick is to work in the construction industry. The heavy machinery, dangerous materials and large structures that construction workers work around contribute to the danger they face daily. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) reports that ten percent of construction workers are injured on the job annually, some of which result in workers' compensation claims.
The modern day workplace is significantly different from the workplace of 50 or more years ago. In recent times, there has been a drastic increase in musculoskeletal disorder resulting in on\-the\-job injuries and leading to high costs for employers. California industries are increasingly paying attention to workplace ergonomics to decrease the impact of this modern day workplace injury.
Roof workers in California often put their lives on the line, regardless of whether they work on the roof of a single- or multi-story building. However, employers can anticipate most of the hazards their employees have to face, and proper planning can eliminate known safety threats. Compliance with federal safety regulations may keep you safe.
It would appear as if there is an increased reluctance to retire at the traditional age for retirement, leading to increased numbers of older people staying in the workforce. The United States government projects that, by 2024, a quarter of the work force will consist of workers past the traditional age of retirement. The on\-the\-job injuries suffered by older workers can potentially be more serious in nature, and it has been shown that, while there is an overall decrease in work-related deaths, there is an increase in workplace fatalities of older workers.
Workplace conditions at a prison in another state have prompted a campaign by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to tackle risks to all kinds of workers. The national office received an eight-page complaint from one of the prison's correctional officers, detailing the dangerous situation in which the employees were working. Guidelines set forth by OSHA to reduce the risks of on\-the\-job injuries are valid in all 50 states, including California.
While summer in California can be fun, it can be hazardous for workers in many different occupations. It is not only employees whose jobs keep them outdoors who are at risk, but also those in factories, warehouses and distribution centers where indoor temperatures can reach dangerous levels. Any operations that involve radiant heat sources, excessive humidity levels and high air temperatures can cause heat-related illness, and if the job also requires strenuous physical activities, the risk is even higher.
Two defendants recently pleaded guilty to charges of infringing on the rights of an injured worker, among others. Both Salinas County, California men admitted to hiding an event which would have possibly lead to an injured worker receiving workers' compensation. They also stated that they lied in order to obtain a lower premium for workers' comp insurance. They also failed to file their payroll tax returns with the intention of evading taxes.