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Workplace injuries could occur when working with robotic machines

Machinery plays an important part in many industries. These days, California residents may work with machines that they would never have imagined even just a few years ago. In fact, robotic equipment is becoming more common in various industries, and while it can be useful, it can also put individuals at risk for workplace injuries.

Any type of machinery can pose hazards to workers. If the robotic machinery is not safeguarded properly, workers could suffer injuries while trying to service the robot or simply while working with it or around it. In fact, companies are often cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration due to a lack of machine safeguarding. As a result, workers may be at higher risk of harm, and companies could be more at risk of costly fines.

California family may need workers' compensation after fatality

Any person's line of work could put him or her at risk for injuries. In some cases, those injuries can be severe when an accident takes place on the job, especially when machinery or equipment is involved. Unfortunately, not everyone survives work-related injuries, and families can be left struggling. In some cases, workers' compensation could help.

It was recently reported that a worker in California lost his life after an on-the-job accident. Apparently, the accident took place on private property and involved a member of a tree clearing crew. Details on exactly what the incident entailed were not given in the report, but it did state that a four-wheeler overturned. Presumably, the worker was on the four-wheeler at the time, but it was not mentioned what caused the vehicle to overturn or whether other workers were involved.

A working career as a truck driver can result in back injury

Perhaps you are a veteran truck driver and have dealt with your share of injuries over the years.

Until recently, however, you have remained fairly healthy, but now you are contending with a back injury. What is the problem, and will it qualify you for workers’ compensation?

Workers' comp often needed after construction accidents

Though most people have a plan for their day, predicting what exactly will happen is essentially impossible. Some days, a pleasant surprise may occur, and on other days, a harrowing and unexpected event could take place. For individuals who work in the construction industry, the possibility of a normal day turning shocking due to construction accidents is always present.

California readers may be interested in a recent construction accident that took place in another state. According to reports, a water replacement project was taking place on a construction site. It was unclear exactly how many workers were on the site or what their specific duties were. Nonetheless, two workers became trapped after asphalt caved in on top of them. It was unclear what may have caused the cave-in.

Construction accidents can easily lead to traumatic injuries

Construction sites are almost always a flurry of activity. Workers may be on the ground carrying materials or building parts of a structure, and others may be working at height to carry out other necessary duties. Of course, these sites typically have various machines, equipment and vehicles to help complete the projects. Unfortunately, construction accidents can often take place in the middle of all this activity.

California readers may be interested in an accident that recently took place in another state. According to reports, two workers were injured on a construction site for a building. During the construction efforts, a crane was hoisting a 24-foot wood-framed wall when, for unknown reasons, the wall fell from the crane and landed on the two workers below. It was not mentioned how many workers were on the site at the time of the accident.

Workplace injuries affecting the eyes can cause major setbacks

Eyesight can differ from person to person. Some California residents may need glasses while others have perfect vision. Others may have never had eyesight or lost their vision over time. While living with limited or no eyesight is certainly possible, it can be a substantial adjustment for someone who suffers workplace injuries that affect their eyes.

Many occupations have hazards that could cause injuries to eyes. For example, welders are often working with sparking metals and bright light that could cause damage to their eyes. Individuals who work in professions that involve glass cutting, wood shaving or the manipulation of other materials could have particles or shards become airborne and injure their eyes. It is also possible for individuals who work with chemicals to suffer injuries if those chemicals come in contact with their eyes. Even individuals who work at computers are at risk of eye strain.

Tips for preventing workplace injuries from electrical hazards

Many people in California and across the country work in industrial facilities. These workplaces can present various dangers to workers, particularly electrical hazards, which is why it is important that employers do their part to ensure that safety regulations are followed. Unfortunately, workplace injuries can occur at any moment, and some could prove fatal.

First, it is important that a risk assessment takes place in the facilities. The assessment can work to identify electrical hazards, electrical work that needs completing and the type of electrical system used. Additionally, the assessment can evaluate the risks and determine what precautions could help lessen those risks and the possibility of accidents or injuries. Of course, after the initial assessment takes place, it should be reviewed and updated periodically to ensure that precautions are still applicable and that all risks are still being addressed.

Truckers may be prone to repetitive stress injuries

With the popularity of two-day shipping, commercial drivers are in high demand nowadays. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 3.5 million Americans work as truck drivers. Whether you drive short routes or long-haul treks, you must prioritize your safety every time you climb behind the wheel. After all, an on-the-job injury may leave you with life-altering complications. 

Truck drivers face a variety of risks every time they go to work. While a collision with another vehicle or a stationary object may put your health at risk, a traumatic event is not necessary for a serious injury. On the contrary, repeatedly making the same motions may result in substantial skeletal, muscular or nerve damage. Therefore, if you drive a truck for a living, you must know about repetitive stress injuries. 

Falls are common construction accidents that lead to trauma

Construction workers have highly demanding and dangerous jobs. They need to ensure that they are properly carrying out their work-related duties while also trying to remain as safe as possible. Of course, construction accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, and falls are among the most common types of injury-causing incidents.

California readers may be interested in a recent accident that left a construction worker in another state seriously injured. According to reports, the man was working on a demolition and construction site when the accident occurred. The worker was on the roof of a structure when he fell through and landed 30 feet below. Multiple projects are apparently taking place on the site, and it was unclear which structure the man may have been on when he fell.

Can sick employees seek benefits through workers' compensation?

California employees have the right to seek benefits and support in the event that they experience some type of accident in the workplace. They can also pursue workers' compensation benefits if they become ill as a result of toxic exposure or contagions in the workplace. This is a prominent concern in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak, especially for those who work in the health care industry. 

Cal/OSHA has provided guidelines for employers in the health care industry so they can protect workers against the threat of this dangerous virus. It is the role and the responsibility of health care employers to shield workers' physical well-being as much as reasonably possible. One of the ways they can do this is by providing training to workers, including how to recognize signs and symptoms of the virus.

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