The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, is the organization responsible for protecting workers by holding employers to certain safety standards. Reportedly, it has fallen short on many responsibilities to the state's workers. The agency is tasked with monitoring businesses, preventing hazardous conditions and training employers to prevent workplace accidents. However, a recent report suggests that this agency must increase staff and the number of inspections that it performs.
Trucking is an important industry for the United States economy. This is how many products eventually reach the marketplace in order to fulfill needs of consumers in California as well as every other state. However, this industry also comes with various inherent dangers that could cause an on-the-job injury.
Factories help produce consumer and industry goods that are important for the national economy. However, workers in factories are regularly at risk due to the heavy machinery they work with on a daily basis, in California and across the country. This type of environment opens up the risk of potential workplace injuries occurring. In the worst case scenario, an accident at a factory can result in death.
A California man was working at a company owned by Volvo on a recent Thursday morning when he was struck and killed by a piece of heavy equipment. The 48-year-old man was a field service technician and was underneath a lifted front-end wheel loader when he was fatally injured on the job. The wheel loader was on support stands, but somehow slipped off the stands and fell on the man.
California workplaces are expected to maintain certain health and safety standards in order to prevent workers from getting sick and injured. If a workplace violates these standards, citations and fines may be the result. In addition, health and safety violations put employees at risk, increasing the likelihood of workers' compensation claims. For example, Cal/OSHA recently fined Corona Regional Medical Center after receiving complaints about asbestos.
The oil and gas industry is notorious for dangerous work conditions. Companies are supposed to properly train workers and take the required steps to ensure a reasonably safe work environment, but the truth is that safety violations throughout California leave many employees injured each year.