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Preventing slip-and-fall accidents in the health care workplace

Slip, trip and fall injuries are common in every industry, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health care workers have a higher risk for non-fatal slips, trips and falls than any other worker in any other industry. Most of these accidents are preventable, however, with good safety and housekeeping procedures. 

Here are some things health care employers and workers can do to prevent accidents on the job:

  • Clean up spills on the floor quickly. Floor contaminants, such as grease or liquid, are the leading causes of slip, trip and fall accidents in the health care setting.
  • Use ladders and stools correctly.
  • Make sure pipes drain correctly.
  • Keep floor surfaces even. Watch for bumps or bulges in the flooring. Keep outside walks clean and well-maintained.
  • Have good footwear with adequate tread.
  • Make sure all areas are well-lit to keep staff aware of potential problems.
  • Keep floor surfaces free of clutter, medical tubing and cables.
  • Promptly remove ice and snow from outside walkways.
  • Use proper signage to make staff alert of wet floors or problems that need to be fixed.
  • Use floor mats and runners effectively and correctly.

Constructing an injury claim after an accident

California construction companies are required to ensure the safety of their workers. They must provide the appropriate safety equipment and training for the job workers perform. Despite the safety of the work environment, accidents can and do happen. Most employees know about workers' compensation, but when it comes to filing an injury claim, they might not know how to get the benefits they need.

Injured workers have certain legal rights, and the first step may be to understand what they are. Due to the many hazards that exist at construction sites, any injuries you suffer could be catastrophic. You could be out of work for an extended period during your recovery. In fact, you might not fully recover, depending on your injuries.

Goodwill didn't show charity in preventing workplace injuries

Every California employer is required to provide a safe work environment. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health recently ruled that a company known for its charity work failed to provide proper training to its employees. In fact, Cal/OSHA accuses a Goodwill location here in the state of serious and willful violations in the aftermath of fatal workplace injuries suffered by one of its workers.

On Sept. 30, 2016, the 26-year-old dock worker was helping make sure that a trash compactor and a heavy metal bin were properly aligned. The man's head was crushed when a truck driver released the cable holding the bin. The incident was tragic, but might not be the worst part of the story. A witness to the accident previously warned his superiors about certain dangers and even put his concerns in writing.

Preventing back injuries in the workplace

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that back injuries account for about 20 percent of all workplace injuries, and only the common cold accounts for more days off each year. The three most common types of back injuries are strain, sprain and herniated disk. Improper lifting techniques are the primary cause of back injuries, but even sitting or standing in one place all day can aggravate an injury. In addition, workers who lack muscle tone or who are overweight have higher rates of back injuries. 

Keys to Preventing Injuries 

Why would you need a lawyer for a workers' compensation claim?

Every year, numerous workers in California suffer a variety of injuries, and you might be one of them. You probably already know that workers' compensation benefits are available to help with your medical expenses, lost wages and other needs. Because this system is already in place, you might wonder why you would need an attorney to help you with your claim.

Put simply, because things do not always go as planned. You might not receive the quality of care that you expect. Perhaps the doctor fails to treat your injuries properly and refuses to listen to your concerns. Your employer or the insurance company could deny you benefits or the treatments that your doctor says you need.

Cal/OSHA takes aim at indoor heat-related workplace injuries

For several years, the California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has required employers to take measures to reduce heat-related illnesses of their employees. A similar requirement appears to be in the works for indoor heat-related workplace injuries, much to the chagrin of many employers. Even the timing of a new regulation is causing disagreements.

Cal/OSHA believes that they are to have a new regulation in place and effective by Jan. 2019. Employers say that the regulation must be in draft form only by that time. The new rule would affect work environments in which the temperature reaches or exceeds 90 degrees. That limit drops to 80 degrees in environments where workers perform moderate to very heavy work.

The risk of workplace injuries is high in trenches

Trench work is a necessary part of many construction jobs here in California and elsewhere. The risk associated with working in trenches prompted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to recommend two primary ways to avoid potentially injurious or fatal cave-ins. When companies fail to follow these recommendations and other guidelines regarding trenches, workplace injuries are often the result.

Numerous fire fighters in another state risked their lives to save a worker after part of the trench in which he was working collapsed onto his legs. At a depth of approximately 12 feet, the effort to free the man also risked the lives of the fire fighters, who had to work upside down at some points during the rescue operation. Due to the real risk of further collapse, it took around six-and-a-half hours to get the worker out of the trench.

What is silicosis?

Crystalline silica is often used as a blasting agent in crushing and drilling rock or in masonry and concrete work. You can breathe in silica particles, and over time, the exposure to these tiny particles of dust can cause scarring in your lungs. This condition is known as silicosis, which is a progressive, disabling and sometimes fatal lung disease.

Do you have post-traumatic stress disorder after a work accident?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that many workers in Southern California suffer from. Some employees who work in particular fields, such as law enforcement, manufacturing and health care, may be more likely to experience PTSD. Workers can learn how to identify the signs of PTSD so they can better understand their workers' compensation rights.

Workers' compensation and repetitive stress injuries

People who work in manufacturing and industrial jobs in Southern California are just as at risk for repetitive stress injuries as they are for workplace accidents and illnesses. Cumulative trauma injuries can occur from long-term use, strain and stress of muscles in the affected areas, such as the hands, wrists and back. To better understand your rights as an injured worker, take some time to learn about California workers' compensation and how it applies to repetitive stress injuries.

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