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June 2016 Archives

Injured while working? Here is what you need to know.

When California workers suffer an injury or become ill on the job, they may feel overwhelmed and confused regarding their rights and the workers' compensation process. Many workers aren't aware that they could have a rightful claim to benefits if injured while working, even if the circumstances of the workplace accident are unclear or complex. Unfortunately, incorrect assumptions about the law often results in missed benefits for deserving claimants.

Lack of acclimation reason for heat-related workplace injuries

It is shaping up to be another hot summer in California. This means it is more important than ever for employers to be up-to-date on heat safety regulations and procedures. Reports from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration indicate that one of the leading reasons for heat-related workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities is a lack of acclimation process for workers. 

Avoiding a heat-related on-the-job injury

In California, temperatures have been soaring into the 90s and, in some places, have topped 100 degrees. It is critical at this time of year for employers to implement and enforce strict heat-related safety protocols. These steps could save the lives of workers who have outdoor jobs, as well as prevent an unnecessary on\-the\-job injury.

Certain workers may face risk for on-the-job injury

As California readers know, there are some industries that come with a higher risk for job-related injury. While people may think of construction or electrical work as risky or physical, some workers employed in the gaming industry are speaking out about the risks they face while doing their jobs. These workers claim that hazardous conditions leave them with a higher risk of on\-the\-job injury.

Do you understand workers' compensation benefits?

In California, workers are afforded certain rights should they suffer an on-the-job injury or become ill due to work conditions. Despite the fact that most workers could be eligible for workers' compensation benefits, many people do not understand how the system works or how they should go about filing a claim. Fortunately, we know how hard it can be to get the benefits you deserve, and we are dedicated to helping injured workers.

Summer in California could increase risk for on-the-job injury

While summer brings beautiful weather and vacations for many California families, it could signal a serious threat to the health and safety of many workers. Due to the large agricultural and construction industries in the state, there are a significant amount of workers who must be outside, continually exposed to the sun. These men and women face an increased risk of on-the-job injury and heat-related illnesses when the temperatures rise. 

Preventing workplace injuries related to heat exposure

As temperature rise in California, it is more important than ever for employers and managers to help workers avoid illnesses related to heat exposure. This week, temperatures are expected to soar in many areas of the state. While this is normal for summer, it means that people who are employed in jobs that require them to be outdoors are exposed to a higher risk of workplace injuries and illnesses.

Workers' compensation and wood dust exposure

The California branch of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recently taken steps that could lead to the eventual regulation of wood dust exposure. This could effect many workers in the state who deal with wood and wood dust, and it is important to be aware of how any changes could impact individual jobs. Regardless of whether wood dust exposure is ever regulated by authorities, workers harmed by dangerous job conditions could be eligible for workers' compensation benefits.

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