Crystalline silica is often used as a blasting agent in crushing and drilling rock or in masonry and concrete work. You can breathe in silica particles, and over time, the exposure to these tiny particles of dust can cause scarring in your lungs. This condition is known as silicosis, which is a progressive, disabling and sometimes fatal lung disease.
Supermarket employees often have to get creative to break up a sometimes repetitive job. Workers can strike up conversation with shoppers, listen to music while opening boxes, or get competitive with coworkers over sales to make things more interesting. Unfortunately, the repetitive nature of the job is what can cause unsuspecting injuries.
Construction sites in California can be dangerous places. As a result, there are a variety of different safety standards that must be met to help preserve the safety of employees. Unfortunately, safety standards are not always able to protect employees, sometimes leading to construction accidents with serious, even deadly, consequences. For example, one out-of-state man was killed in a recent accident.
Construction plays an important role in the economy of California. It typically indicates growth, expansion and employment. However, many people may not recognize that the construction industry could also pose significant risks for employees. Construction accidents can cause serious injuries, sometimes even death. For example, officials are investigating a recent accident that led to a fatality.
While many construction workers, roofers and homeowners in California rely on nail guns to assist them with their work, these tools can cause serious injuries that could prove fatal. In fact, statistics reveal that approximately 37,000 people are admitted to the emergency room annually because of a nail gun injury. These injuries commonly happen when residential siding and roofing work is being performed, and especially while a home is being framed and sheathed.
Construction workers in California who use hand-held power tools can be exposed to dangerous levels of vibration. Depending on the type of vibration, workers can suffer from various injuries that may include carpal tunnel syndrome and lower back pain. In severe cases, repeated exposure to vibration could eventually result in affected workers having their fingertips amputated.
As California residents may know, roadway construction workers have a difficult job that can present a hazard to both drivers and the workers. According to statistics presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of the deaths occurring at roadway construction sites remains at over 100 each year.
California residents and people across the nation know how important construction workers are to our economy. However, more than 1,200 workers died on public highways per year between 2003 and 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The highways and streets can be very dangerous places to work.
In California, construction, maintenance, agricultural and other workers are exposed to the risk of injury or death from electrical accidents. Construction accidents pose the greatest risk of electrical fatalities. Suchworkers comprise 38 percent of fatalities from electrical accidents. However, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there has been significant improvement in electrical safety over the past 20 years.
A construction worker was seriously injured in an accident on the evening of Nov. 13 at a work site along state Highway 4 in Antioch. The worker suffered a severe leg injury during the accident, which ultimately required amputation of the limb.