There is no doubt that all workplaces in California and across the country hold some risk of injury. Unfortunately, even relatively commonplace tasks, such as unloading a truck, can result in serious harm. In fact, a man in another state recently lost his life due to workplace injuries.
People often make a plan for a variety of different circumstances in their lives. However, few people in California likely plan for a scenario in which they suffer severe workplace injuries. Because all occupations hold a risk of injury and the consequences can be severe, states require that employers provide workers' compensation insurance benefits.
All jobs hold some degree of risk of injury. However, police officers often face significant harm while performing a variety of different tasks. Even when not actively pursuing someone suspected of committing a crime, officers who are patrolling could be involved in an accident. In fact, reports indicate that a California Highway Patrol officer suffered major workplace injuries following a collision while on a motorcycle.
When most people in California think of a workplace, they likely think of a stationary building that a person reports to everyday and, for the most part, remains there until it's time to go home. However, for some employees -- such as mail and package deliverers -- the workplace in which they spend the most time is a vehicle. Unfortunately, those who spend a great deal of time driving as part of their job responsibilities can experience workplace injuries if they are involved in a traffic accident.
While all occupations hold some degree of risk of injury, certain jobs hold an even greater risk. For example, those who are required to work at great heights or with machinery could suffer serious injuries if involved in an accident. For example, a tree trimmer in California recently suffered fatal workplace injuries while completing work-related tasks.
When an employee suffers an injury on the job, many may think that what follows will be simple. If it were simple, employees would be treated and would receive fair compensation from their employer's workers' compensation insurance that is managed by the state of California. Not only are claims often difficult to file for workplace injuries, but new studies show that injuries may have damaging psychological effects on a worker's life.
Fingers and other extremities are important for the daily function and work of most people. Losing any part or all of an extremity can be life-changing. Unfortunately, one California worker lost two fingers last fall in a work-related accident. Workplace injuries like his are most often covered by workers' compensation insurance.
The internet has changed the way many people shop and obtain goods. In the process, retailers like Amazon have grown and thrived. In order to deliver goods on a quick schedule as promised to buyers, Amazon has workers and distribution centers all over the country. Some workers are claiming that the work environment is not always safe, and sometimes, quick delivery to buyers is prioritized over worker safety. One young California woman claims she is a victim of workplace injuries, and the injuries continue to affect her daily life.
A California family is grieving the loss of a loved one after a fatal accident on a citrus farm. The Wonderful Citrus orchard, located in Tulare County, employs the use of wind machines to bring in warmer air into their facilities on nights when the temperatures drop. In a seemingly random incident, a 600-pound blade came off one of these huge machines, striking the worker and leaving him with serious workplace injuries that eventually resulted in his death.
There are many things that can compromise the health and safety of California workers. From hazards that increase the chance of an accident to exposure to dangerous materials, employers have the responsibility of making the workplace as safe as possible to avoid workplace injuries and illnesses. One way to do this is to protect workers from exposure to harmful levels of lead.