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July 2015 Archives

Repetitive stress injuries are a valid type of work injury

Sometimes, a person's job requires an activity that can take a physical toll after months or years of the same action. This type of work injury develops over time, ultimately leaving a victim in pain and perhaps unable to do his or her job. Although these types of injuries are not the direct result of an accident, it is possible that those who suffer from repetitive stress injuries could be eligible for financial compensation. 

Oilfield worker dies after being fatally injured on the job

The safety hazards faced by workers in the oil industry across the country, including in California, are unlimited. Owners of oil field operations are obliged by law to provide safe work environments and comply with the safety regulations that are prescribed by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Unfortunately, even if personal protection equipment is provided, some employers do not have procedures in place to ensure that workers use the equipment in the correct manner, leading to many workers being injured on the job -- sometimes fatally.

Man seriously injured while working at construction zone

Drivers are required to slow down and continue with caution when driving through a construction zone. However, there are times when drivers in California fail to obey the law and end up causing an accident. This appears to be what had happened during a recent incident which resulted in one worker being injured while working in a construction zone.

Workplace injuries may be caused by too much standing

California workers who spend a significant amount of time standing at work may be at a higher risk for injury. In addition to the damage that excessive standing can inflict on the back and legs, it can also lead to other health issues. More than half of all workers are required to stand for at least a portion of their day at work, which may place them at a higher risk for workplace injuries

Standards may fail to actually prevent workplace injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an organization dedicated to the rights and safety of all workers. However, many of the standards and regulations put into place fail to actually protect the safety of many workers and prevent workplace injuries. Since its inception in 1971, OSHA has only issued 36 health standards and currently enforces outdated limits for exposure to dangerous toxins. 

How can you prevent workplace injuries caused by heat exposure?

California workers who are employed in jobs that require them to work outdoors face a particular risk for injury and illness during the summer months. If you are an employee who is exposed to the sun and heat throughout the work day, it is important to understand how workplace injuries related to weather and temperature can be prevented. Employers must strive to put into place certain preventative measures for the benefit of all employees.

Workers' compensation for those exposed to silica

Even the ancient Romans knew that silica exposure was dangerous, yet despite the risks, many modern workers are still in danger. Silica is made of rock and sand, often breathed in by construction and industrial workers. Silica dust is known to cause serious and fatal respiratory illness, including cancer. California workers' who have contracted silica-related diseases or families of those who have died could be eligible for workers' compensation benefits.

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