Any job can come with risks to workers’ health and safety. From office settings to outdoor construction sites, there are hazards everywhere, and workers need to be aware of those hazards in hopes of lessening the likelihood of on-the-job accidents. Of course, not all workplace injuries are avoidable, but paying attention could make a considerable difference.
A serious hazard that California workers may want to stay aware of is the potential for falling. Slipping or tripping in the workplace could lead to serious or even fatal injuries, especially if a worker falls from a height. However, it is important to note that serious injuries can result from same-level falls. In fact, 65% of fall-related injuries occur in same-level incidents.
There is also a chance that workers in various environments could face chemical exposure. Reports indicate that over 32 million workers across the country face potential exposure to chemicals that could absorb through their skin. However, breathing contaminated air is the most common way that hazardous chemicals enter workers’ bodies. Unfortunately, approximately 860,000 illnesses happen every year due to chemical exposure at work.
These examples are only two of the very many that California workers and those elsewhere could face on a daily basis. As a result, it is important that individuals follow safety protocols and do their best to remain safe at work. Of course, if an accident does result in workplace injuries, individuals may also want to ensure that they understand their workers’ compensation options and how to potentially obtain useful benefits after such an event.