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.
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.