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.
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.
Assembly bill 1897 passed the California legislature on Aug. 28, bringing it one step closer to being made law. The bill would establish penalties for companies whose temporary workers are cheated by the subcontractors and temp agencies that are technically their employers.
After an investigation by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or Cal/OSHA, the death of a California airport worker was determined to be the result of employer safety violations. The 51-year-old man suffered fatal workplace injuries at Los Angeles International Airport when he was thrown from a tow tractor and pinned beneath a tire. At the time, the man was working for Menzies Aviation and operating the vehicle with no seat belt in place.