Commercial truck drivers and the distractions of mobile devices have given rise to many discussions related to employee safety in California. However, some safety authorities say the attention should extend to much more than distracted drivers. They say many workplace injuries are caused by multiple distractions in all industries, including construction and manufacturing.
Job-related injuries can come with a variety of impacts on the injured workers. Some California workers may fear that they will face financial complications that will leave them hurting more than the injuries themselves, but luckily, workplace injuries often qualify individuals for workers' compensation. Before anticipating financial hardship, parties may wish to find out more information on these benefits.
At least one employer is implementing an updated style for safety training as they grapple with worker safety. Greyhound shared some of their newer strategies for ergonomic success at a recent California convention. The new policy has reduced workplace injuries related to biomechanics by half in less than a decade.
In California, if you are injured on the job, you generally have a right to workers' compensation. There are relatively few types of jobs that don't require employers to carry workers' comp insurance, so chances are that you are eligible for benefits if you are injured at work.
In 1970, the Occupational Safety & Health Act was passed by the federal government to protect private employers and employees in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Practically every industry has protections for health and safety. Although self-employed people, domestic workers in private homes and government employees are not covered by the OSH Act, most workers are.
The temperatures are rising here in California, and many people remain outdoors while they perform their on-the-job duties. For instance, those who work on farms here in the state often spend long hours outside. The threat of heat-related workplace injuries needs to be addressed by employers and employees alike.
Back in the 1980s, cell phones and other electronic devices that rely on communication towers were not in nearly every household here in California and across the country. With the technological explosion that occurred in later decades, the need for such towers increased exponentially. This means that the number of severe or fatal workplace injuries suffered by communication tower workers increased as well.
If you have ever put off medical treatment, you are not alone. The National Center for Biotechnology Information found that about one-third of respondents in a nationwide survey avoided the doctor. It is estimated that many people wait 18.5 days or more before getting help for a chronic health issue. Avoidance of medical care occurs for many different reasons. Sometimes, there are financial or time barriers. About 10 percent of the participants in the survey said they didn't think medical treatment was necessary, as they expected the condition to improve.
Every California worker's job comes with some sort of risk to your health and well-being. Serious and/or debilitating injuries can occur in any line of work. If you do suffer such an injury, you will undoubtedly consider obtaining workers' compensation benefits to help you with your medical needs and lost wages. The problem is that your employer and the insurance company may do whatever possible to either delay or deny your claim.
California's doctors, nurses and other medical personnel do not always get to choose their patients. They deal with a variety of personalities, some of which can turn violent. The seedier side of workers' compensation deals with the prevalence of workplace assaults on health care workers.