When people think about workplace accidents and injuries, knee injuries are probably not one of the first types of injuries that come to mind. Knee injuries, however, are very common, and may result from workplace accidents or may occur as a repetitive stress injury related to the worker's job requirements.
A contractor and a subcontractor have been assessed in excess of $100,000 in fines in connection with a May 2014 fatality. The general contractor on the project, a Colorado company, has been fined $54,935, and the subcontractor, a California company, has been fined $50,850. A 59-year-old man perished in the incident as he worked on a railroad bridge, which collapsed onto the freeway lanes below it.
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.
A group of construction workers in California say they were sickened after being sprayed with pesticides. The incident took place in Sutter County in July when a helicopter pilot who was conducting aerial agriculture spraying flew close to a construction work site. The 10 workers who were affected by the pesticide spraying say they suffered from chemical pneumonia, continue to experience migraines and now require inhalers.
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.
California workers know that there is no substitute for experience. This is an extremely significant concept when applied to jobs having an element of physical danger. One of management's most important responsibilities is to assess workers’ ability to perform tasks so as to avoid putting them in situations they may not be prepared to handle.
Los Angeles residents may have read about the San Bernardino warehouse worker that was hospitalized after her hand was caught in a conveyor belt’s roller. The workplace injury occurred at the Amazon distribution center, located east of Los Angeles County. The facility has been open for just over a year. A Cal/OSHA representative said the incident happened in early December.
Two Amgen Inc. employees at a facility in South San Francisco were injured in a minor explosion in one of the biotechnology company's third-floor labs on Jan. 8, according to a fire marshal. Fire crews were notified of the explosion at around 3:30 p.m., which prompted a second-alarm response, a road closure and an investigation. The investigation is also taking into account the fact that the company experienced another flash fire in May 2013.