Janitors and cleaners often put their safety on the line. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that tens of thousands of workers in the janitorial services industry in California and other states suffer workplace injuries every year. However, safety authorities say most injuries are preventable by taking necessary safety precautions. Although employers are responsible for the health and safety of employees, janitorial staff often work off site, putting the burden of safety on themselves.
The big-screen movie theater experience has struggled to survive in recent years. We’re often told that the main culprits are the huge screens now available in many people’s homes and the vast ocean of content now on streaming services.
Safety authorities have taken steps to protect workers in California from the hazards of wildfire smoke. This emergency regulation comes at the height of the wildfire season, and it will likely become effective in August and stay in place for one year. The rule serves to prevent smoke-related workplace injuries that are common at this time of the year.
Workers’ compensation insurance is designed to protect employees that get injured on the job. Employees are eligible for medical expense coverage, lost wage reimbursement and rehabilitation cost coverage due to illness or injury caused by work-related incidents.
California employers might not pay enough attention to hand safety. Workers need their hands for every job they do, and workplace injuries that cause amputations can jeopardize their ability to return to the same position. Even the loss of one finger can be life-changing. However, it is not only the obvious hazards that can cause serious workplace injuries.
Workplace injuries are exactly that; common. Strains and sprains top the list at 30% of filed workers compensation claims. The most injuries occur between June and August. This isn’t a revelation as those months produce consistent work-inducing weather from coast to coast.
Despite the emphasis programs for trench safety run by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, lives continue to be lost in cave-ins. The Los Angeles Fire Department recently reported one of many construction workers accidents involving the collapse of unsupported trenches. This time it claimed the life of a worker who worked in a trench at a residential property.
A recent incident in a grape vineyard in California led to the need to decontaminate farmworkers and first responders. An investigation was launched by the Tulare County Ag Commissioner's office after workplace injuries were apparently caused by pesticide. Reportedly, workers called 911 at about 11 a.m. on a recent Tuesday after experiencing the effects of contamination.