An Anheuser-Busch brewery worked was seriously injured when he fell into a vat of hot mash at the Van Nuys bottling plant on Feb. 8. The accident occurred just before 1 p.m., according to authorities.
As many as one million workers report experiencing back pain annually, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Back pain is the second leading cause of people missing work. Around $11 billion is paid out to cover workers' compensation expenses for back pain alone. California workers might be interested to know that the tasks people perform at work are thought to be a significant factor in the development of back problems.
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.
This being sunny California, most of us are familiar with symptoms of heat illness. Thirst, fatigue and dizziness can be good indicators that we have been in the sun for too long. These are signals we should all address immediately. This is especially true for construction workers, for whom the sun can be a relentless and draining foe.