There are many known dangers in California workplaces. These risks can include workplace injuries suffered as a result of repetitive movement or as a result of a moment of trauma. For example, a recent out-of-state accident has taken the life of one man and sent a second to the hospital.
Occupations involving the mining industry often involve serious risks. While efforts have been made to ensure that mining workers are safe, the dangers cannot be completely removed. Those injured at work in California and other states are often eligible for workers' compensation benefits. One out-of-state man will likely be in need of these benefits after he reportedly suffered serious workplace injuries.
The dangers that police officers face are well known to most people in California. While most people know that they often place their own lives in danger while protecting others, many are also in danger when responding to calls due to the necessity of arriving at a scene quickly. For example, one police motorcycle officer suffered workplace injuries in a recent crash.
Workplace hazards are not restricted to particular industries, and California employers in all industries must follow prescribed safety regulations to prevent workplace accidents. Workers in industrial workplaces are typically exposed to equipment that can pose life-threatening hazards if not properly maintained. Employees must be informed of potential hazards and receive training in the proper operation of equipment to ensure protection from workplace injuries.
The potential for injury is present in all workplaces. While dangers are more obvious in some occupations in comparison to others, every employer faces the potential of suffering from workplace injuries. As a result, all states, including California, require employers to have a financial security net in place that allows workers' compensation insurance benefits for employees who are hurt or become ill on the job. One out-of-state man may qualify for these benefits after an accident send him to the hospital.
Most people in California are aware that workplaces can be dangerous. Many dangers may be hidden and unexpected, while others are more obvious. While most employers work hard to safeguard workers from known dangers, accidents can still occur. For example, one man was recently killed as a result of workplace injuries he suffered in an accident.
States and local governments work hard to provide activities that will attract tourists to their areas. While an attraction may bring people and cash to a region, workers must maintain the attraction in order to keep visitors safe. Unfortunately, one worker in California suffered serious workplace injuries while he was checking such a location to ensure that tourists would be safe.
California residents might not give much thought to the employees behind the counter or drive-thru when ordering a Big Mac and fries at McDonald's, but employees at the huge fast food chain have filed 28 complaints to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The complaints cite working conditions that led to burns along with inadequate treatment after injuries.
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.