In order to ensure a healthy thriving business, Californian business owners needs to keep their fingers on the pulse of their companies and make sure every aspect is taken care of. This is often not an easy task, and sometimes mistakes are made. Such mistakes may not only negatively impact on the business but also on employees. One important aspect business owners often find daunting is handling workers' compensation.
Workplace injuries are much more common than one may think. In fact, statistics indicate that approximately 4 out of every 100 full-time employees may suffer a workplace injury in any given year, with the healthcare and construction industries having the highest propensity for workplace injuries. This is why California companies are legally required to have workers' compensation insurance.
Working in a warehouse, you may spend a significant amount of your day doing a lot of lifting. Whether from repetitively lifting or from overexertion, you could easily suffer painful and debilitating injuries.
Many people in California have suffered severe injuries in slip or trip-and-fall accidents while moving about unsafe parking lots or while they are out shopping. However, such incidents are also the cause of many on\-the\-job injuries and could occur in any industry. Injury risks can be avoided by proper housekeeping during which spills are immediately mopped up, and work areas are free of debris.
An on-the-job injury is the last thing you need. Days off work mean days without pay. If you depend on every dollar of your paycheck, you know you can't afford to take time off to recover from a workplace accident. On top of losing hourly pay, you may also have to deal with medical bills and other costs associated with your injuries. This can add up to financial disaster for your family.
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.