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.
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.
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.
Workers in California may have heard about a New Jersey man who was blacklisted by a trucking company after he sought treatment for a workplace injury. Now the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered New Prime Inc. to pay the former employee $100,994.24 in back wages, compensation and punitive damages.
While full-time and part-time employees have the benefits of training and knowledge of safety regulations, the temporary workers who sometimes fill their positions often begin a job without any of this knowledge. It is estimated that temporary employees make up about 2.8 percent of the workforce, and this number is growing due to the reluctance of companies to add new employees or deal with benefits and contracts. These workers often fill in when someone is on vacation or sick leave, and they may have little to no training or information about the position that they are filling.
Some jobs in California and around the country may cause damage to employees' hearing. Workers' compensation may be sought after auditory loss due to sudden loud sounds at work, such as a firearm discharge or continuous noise like that at a construction site. Because hearing loss is very uncommon in people under 50, many doctors don't bother with testing for it. However, if one works in a situation where there is frequent exposure to loud sound, hearing loss could be happening over time.
Los Angeles footbal fans may know that a federal judge has ordered parties in an NFL concussion lawsuit to participate in mediation in an effort to find a consensual resolution. The worker's compensation issue is huge for those former NFL players dealing with the aftermath of physical careers that have resulted in head injuries. The suit by more than 4,000 former players in the league addresses the need for financial compensation in the event of job-related brain injury.