While cleaning the outside of Disneyland's Space Mountain attraction last November, a 37-year-old contractor was injured after a fall that caused several bones to be broken. The Disney contractor who employed the worker has been struck with a fine of $60,995 that was levied by California safety regulators who maintain that the contractor failed to provide anchors for the employee, as reported by The Orange County Register. It is unclear whether the victim has filed for worker's compensation, but the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health stated that the company, HSG Inc., which is based out of Los Angeles, failed to adhere to multiple safety rules.
A 5,000-pound piece of steel recently fell from a crane at an industrial site in Simi Valley and crushed a 58-year-old man from Bakersfield. The man was unable to avoid the falling steel as it fell from the crane. A second man was fortunate enough to avoid the steel but still suffered minor injuries. The family or partner of the deceased man and the injured man may have the option of filing a wrongful death or workers' compensation claim, respectively, as a result of this tragic accident. The victim in this work accident was a truck driver for Valley Wide Distributors, and the accident occurred as the steel was being unloaded from a truck. Early reports indicate that a chain holding the steel in place on the crane broke and allowed the steel to fall. There is no record of previous Cal/OSHA investigations into the company involved with this accident.
A 22-year-old California man recently suffered a possible broken leg in a workplace accident in Thousand Oaks. Workplace injuries such as this one often ultimately involve worker's compensation benefits although those details are often confidential. In this case, information on the full extent of the man's injuries and possible claims is not available.The incident occurred when the man drove a limousine onto the tracks of the automated car wash at which he was employed. The vehicle's transmission was in inadvertently left in reverse by the worker as he exited the vehicle, causing the vehicle to move backwards. The worker attempted to prevent damage by pushing the limo from behind and was ultimately trapped between the limo and a sport utility vehicle that was also at the car wash.
The 2013 Heat Illness Prevention Program through Cal/OSHA plans to inform California workers of the possible dangers of outdoor work in the summer. A heat-related personal injury can affect those in agriculture, construction, outdoor recreation and even law enforcement. The program focuses on workplace safety regulations and compliance issues. Some aspects of preventing the dangers of heat illness include education and outreach efforts so that employees and their supervisors alike will understand the possible consequences. A spokeswoman for Cal/OSHA indicated that water, extra rest, breaks in the shade and effective emergency plans could help outdoor workers leave the job site in a healthy condition.
Most people in California have heard about the sequestration, the government's cuts in funding to a wide range of programs. While some people might find the lack of funding a mere inconvenience, in some circumstances it could be much more severe than that. One such instance is the lack of funding for some mine safety programs.
State lawmakers are considering changes to California's workers' compensation laws to deny coverage for professional athletes who play games in California but who are not affiliated with a California team. Generally, workers who are injured on the job in California are entitled to benefits from the workers' comp system. While professional athletes work in a different kind of workplace than most workers in the state, some lawmakers are concerned that players and retired players from visiting professional sports teams are receiving benefits for injuries sustained in California.
When people in California think of injuries sustained at the workplace, they might be inclined to think about traumatic accidents such as a fall by a construction worker, for example. However, even workers who sit at desks all day are susceptible to a workplace injury -- albeit without a dramatic scene taking place. Instead, injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome can get worse over time, practically unnoticed.
People in California often have a wide range of jobs owing to the temperate weather. Outdoor work can be year-round in many cases. This also means that some jobs that might not exist in lots of other places can be found in California -- some of them quite dangerous, leading to workplace injuries that might not be seen anywhere else.