California employees who work outdoors or indoors in hot areas may not be entirely aware of some of the dangers that the heat can present. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, this heat can lead to serious injuries and death if not properly prevented or treated.
Employers in California and around the country are obligated to follow certain safety guidelines that have been established by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. If these are not adhered to, an employer may be issued citations and fines for the violations by the agency. Records of these citations must then be posted near the unsafe work area until the matter is corrected.
California residents may be interested to learn that in 2013, the number of workplace injuries continued a trend demonstrating an overall reduction in their incidence. The year brought three million reported work-related injuries and illnesses across the country, which, while high, is a significant decline from those injured in the previous year.
According to the California Highway Patrol, a suspected drunk driver struck and killed a construction worker in the early morning hours of Oct. 27. The accident took place around midnight in a construction zone on eastbound Highway 68 in Salinas. The family of the construction worker, who was employed by Bay Area Traffic Solutions, may be entitled to benefits under workers' compensation. The driver was taken into police custody on suspicion of DUI. He was booked into the Monterey County Jail.
When a California worker is injured while on the job, their employer is obligated to provide workers' compensation benefits regardless of if the injuries occurred over an extended period of time or because of a single event, such as falling off a ladder. It's important for California workers to be knowledgeable about the benefits they can potentially receive.
California employers and employees both have certain rights and responsibilities related to work-related safety issues and injuries caused on or by the job. Both have obligations toward maintaining a safe working environment. However, when an employee is injured because of work, he or she is entitled to certain benefits under workers' compensation regardless of who is at fault.
One worker died after being electrocuted, and another worker suffered major injuries during an accident at a California high school on July 17. Emergency responders declared the worker, who was in his 20s, dead on the scene. The other worker was taken to the hospital and was in critical condition on the day of the accident. The two men were standing on a scaffold, helping a booster club to put up a banner, when the incident occurred.
Los Angeles residents may be interested in a story detailing some of the manpower issues that one government workplace safety agency is facing. These issues stem from inadequate funding and may affect employees' safety on the job.
An unidentified worker died as a result of a gasoline tank explosion Dec. 11. In Central Valley Ranch, near Merced, the contract worker was grinding the second of the three 300-pound fuel tanks he was reconditioning when the tank exploded, according to state safety officials. The man's identity is currently unknown. Two other workers were also involved in the explosion but survived. Both were injured: one sustained serious burns and the other, who was likely to be released soon from the hospital, experienced less serious injuries. All three workers were originally contracted through Big Valley Labor Inc.
Apple store workers in California and New York could be seeing payment of some lost wages not paid by the company if two former employees have their way. A class action lawsuit has been filed in federal court alleging that Apple's policy to deny payment for time spent waiting in security lines has denied them wages that they rightly deserve.