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Workplace injuries could result from ergonomic risk factors

The term "ergonomic" seems to appear more often these days in a variety of places. Many advertisements for numerous products boast ergonomic designs that are supposed to be easier on the body. While some California residents may not see why it is so important, they may change their minds if they understood that ergonomic risk factors on the job could cause workplace injuries.

Ergonomics generally refers to the amount of comfort and efficiency in the way certain products are used or actions are carried out, particularly on the job. No matter the profession, workers face at least some potential ergonomic risks. For example, some workers may perform the same repetitive motions for hours on end almost every day. If workers do not take breaks or do not perform these continuous motions appropriately, they could be at risk of suffering an injury.

Workplace injuries prove fatal for California man

Losing a loved one is never an easy event to accept. Even if individuals expect the loss, it can still take a tremendous toll on their lives. Even more harrowing is when a completely unexpected death occurs, which can happen if individuals are involved in work-related accidents. Unfortunately, too many workplace injuries prove fatal.

It was recently reported that one California worker lost his life after an on-the-job accident. Apparently, the man was working at a dredging company when the accident occurred. He was on top of a silo using a cutting torch to remove a metal casing from a conveyor motor. However, while he was trying to remove the casing, the entire conveyor system fell on top of him. Kayakers on the Petaluma River heard screams for help and contacted emergency services.

Transportation incidents, falls commonly cause workplace injuries

Earning a living is not an easy task for many workers in California and across the country. They may work long and difficult hours in jobs they are not entirely happy with, and many work in dangerous conditions. In fact, numerous workers face risks of workplace injuries every day they are on the job.

When it comes to common fatal accidents, transportation incidents account for the majority in various industries. Lawn service, landscaping, construction, farming and agricultural work, trucking, recyclable materials collecting, pilots and flight engineers, and fishing work all see transportation incidents as the most common cause of fatal accidents on the job. Unfortunately, an average of 20 to 77 workers out of 100,000 full-time workers suffer fatal injuries on the job in these industries.

Does bursitis qualify you for workers’ compensation aid?

Let us say that you are a grocery store employee accustomed to loading and unloading heavy crates of produce and other items. Recently, you have had to take time off from work due to pain in your knee.

Your doctor has diagnosed bursitis. Does this qualify you for workers’ compensation benefits?

A construction injury could occur when using new green methods

These days, many California residents and companies are adamant about going green. In fact, there is an entire sector known as green construction that focuses on using environmentally-friendly building materials and building practices. While these steps can go along way in reducing harm to the environment, there is still a chance that a construction injury can take place on these sites.

Green construction can help workers in certain ways. For example, construction workers are less likely to face hazardous materials while on construction sites or face exposure to pollutants. Additionally, more training is commonly provided for green construction projects because the methods used on these projects are not necessarily common knowledge. As a result, workers receive new training that can help them stay safe on the job rather than relying on past training.

Amazon warehouse workers may see workplace injuries this season

During the holiday season, many businesses see an uptick in sales, orders and work overall. As a result, many California workers may be racking up numerous overtime hours or doing more work in their regular hours than during other times of the year. While this increase in business may be profitable, it could also put employees at higher risk of workplace injuries.

It was recently reported that the number of injuries that occur in Amazon warehouses increases during the holidays. Though many people order from the online retail site, they may not give much thought to how their orders get from the warehouse to their doorstep. The warehouse workers themselves are likely not considered at all. However, those workers are expected to meet high production quotas, and if they do not, they face negative repercussions, like write-ups or terminations.

Excavator involved in accident that led to workplace injuries

Even when workers use necessary equipment in an appropriate manner, an accident involving that equipment can still take place. The equipment itself may not malfunction, but another element could contribute to an accident that leads to workplace injuries. When workers must use heavy machinery, it is important to be aware of all surroundings.

California readers may be interested in a work-related accident that took place in another state. According to reports, a worker was using an excavator on the fifth floor of a parking garage when the accident occurred. Apparently, a metal plate under the excavator fell through, resulting in the excavator and the worker falling through two floors of the garage. It was noted that there were vehicles inside the parking garage at the time of the incident, and some sustained damage from debris.

Small explosion leads to workplace injuries

Many California workers go about their day with a lot on their minds. They may be looking forward to getting off work on time, thinking about lunch, contemplating personal matters or simply focusing on their work-related tasks. Many workers do not often dwell on the possibility of being involved in an on-the-job accident, but unfortunately, workplace injuries can occur without a moment's notice.

It was recently reported that a sudden accident in another state resulted in one worker suffering injuries. Apparently, the incident occurred at a trucking company, and one worker was attempting to cut the top off of a 55-gallon barrel. Details were not given in the report regarding what was inside the barrel at the time. Nonetheless, a small explosion occurred while the worker was cutting the barrel.

Tips for avoiding workplace injuries

No one wants to end up unable to work or perform other daily activities because of an injury. Unfortunately, workplace injuries can happen at any time, and California workers could end up having to take time off of work and avoiding other activities as they recover. Of course, individuals can try their best to avoid suffering injuries on the job.

One way to avoid suffering injuries at work is to recognize signs the body is giving that it could be at risk of suffering an injury. For instance, workers who are able to recognize signs of fatigue and who do not ignore pain may be able to address those issues before more serious problems arise. Employers who train their employees to recognize injury warning signs could help their workers avoid harm.

Noise-induced hearing loss and workers’ compensation

Some people do not have a quiet desk job but rather work in an environment where there is ongoing noise.

Perhaps you have an equipment manufacturing job and in your line of work, noise is part of the daily routine. As a result, you have lost some hearing in both ears. Are you eligible for workers’ compensation?

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