California employers have the responsibility of making a workplace as safe as reasonably possible. Taking even the most basic of steps to implement safety measures and avoid incidents can keep workers safe and avoid the chance of preventable workplace accidents. It's also good for the employer's bottom line as well. Workplace safety is in the best physical, legal and financial interests of everyone.
The United States government has recognized that some industries need assistance in education, policies and safety standards to promote a safe environment for employees. Workplace accidents can result in serious injuries for an employee, expensive medical bills and time away from work to earn an income. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a government agency that helps promote worker safety and exists in every state, including California. In addition to helping promote safety and accident prevention, OHSA often investigates serious accidents. The federal agency is currently investigating a construction accident that occurred in another state that resulted in a worker's death.
Any time employees are required to work at an elevated height, there are risks to the employee. Over the years, procedures and equipment have improved to ensure the safety of all employees, but employers must provide the necessary equipment, training and information. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, many workplace accidents can be avoided when precautions are taken. California employees may be interested to learn that an amusement park company in another state has been fined $142, 270 for the injuries one employee suffered following a work accident.
Most would not imagine learning tragic news of a loved one within minutes of them beginning work at a place of employment. Sadly, for one man and his daughter, it is a reality. Within minutes of beginning her shift, the man's wife was involved in one of California's recent fatal workplace accidents.
A 58-year-old California man died last year after a fatal tragic on-the-job accident. According to a review of statistics, he is one of many older workers who are victims of fatal workplace accidents every year. The review indicated that all workplace fatal accidents have decreased except in the group of workers over the age of 55.
On-the-job accidents occur daily throughout the state of California. When workplace accidents occur, they can be expensive for employees. Fortunately, employers are required by law to provide workers' compensation insurance for its employees to finance any unexpected accident related expenses. Recently in another state, two men were seriously injured as they were maintaining part of the store where they were employed.
When buildings are constructed in California, there are numerous codes to ensure quality of work and safety for all involved. Unfortunately, despite safety precautions, workplace accidents still occur. Three construction workers in another state were all injured when the building they were constructing collapsed on them.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the logging industry continues to be one of the most dangerous jobs that exists. Despite its known dangers and frequent workplace accidents, job seekers continue to work in the industry due to its higher entry level hourly pay compared to others. Not long ago, a California man lost his life in an unfortunate accident at a logging company resulting in his death.
Safety violations in a workplace can result and injury and death for employees. The state of California attempts to prevent injuries by instilling and enforcing standard safety polices and procedures. Despite enforcement, violations and workplace accidents still occur. Recently, a man lost his life at his job and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has cited the business with multiple safety code violations.
California construction workers face numerous life-threatening hazards every day. Unfortunately, some employers disregard employee safety and allow hazardous environments to persist in which workplace injuries are not at all uncommon. Many lives are lost in fall accidents due to a lack of personal protective equipment. Investigators will determine whether that was the case when a recent fall caused a fatal work injury at a Los Angeles construction site.