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.
Los Angeles has its fair share of construction workers and truck drivers who pass through the area, and both of these professions are among the five most dangerous in the country, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers, farmers and ranchers and anglers occupy the other three most dangerous jobs based on fatal injury work rates.
On June 18, three 50,000-pound steel beams fell onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 405 in an accident that shut down the busy highway in the Los Alamitos area and injured a worker, authorities reported. As part of a project to build a new overpass in the Rossmoor area, construction crews were setting the 130-foot beams into place when the accident occurred.
The Santa Monica Fire Department confirmed that a five-story building near the pier was involved in what appears to be an electrical explosion, which was followed by a fire. There were two contractors working on the building when the incident happened just before noon on June 10, and both were hospitalized for burn injuries.
Two construction workers who were helping to replace a bridge in California have died in a crane accident. The accident occurred outside of the town of Winters on May 30. Both men were in a basket attached to the crane when it fell some distance to the ground, resulting in their deaths. The owner of the construction company said that his workers take safety into account on a daily basis and that the two deceased men were like family.
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.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that by 2015, employees over the age of 65 will represent 20 percent of the American workforce. Twenty-five percent of the workforce will be past 55 years of age by the year 2020. In the interest of decreasing the chance of serious workplace injuries, Los Angeles construction and industrial companies should start considering how to best accommodate older workers.
Airfield workers at commercial airports often must endure strenuous conditions in order to do their jobs. They may have to move heavy luggage for passengers. They can be constantly subjected to the roar of jet engines as planes take off and land. In short, they face the risk of injury on a daily basis. Workers’ compensation is a necessity for anyone injured on the job. This is especially true if an injury has long-term complications requiring extended periods of time away from the job or expensive rehabilitation.
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.
A California scaffolding collapse has left three workers hurt and two of them facing life-threatening injuries. The construction accident happened at approximately 9:35 a.m. on Jan. 24 at a home on Clayton Street in the Twin Peaks neighborhood of San Francisco. There was no word on what caused the collapse.