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February 2020 Archives

Workplace injuries: What are MSDs?

Every day, thousands of workers in California suffer the consequences of musculosketal disorders, or MSDs. These types of workplace injuries can cause aggravated, strained or sprained tendons, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and discs. If left untreated, these injuries can cause long-term health problems.

Refusing to do unsafe work is your right and your responsibility

Regardless of your occupation, you are sure to face safety hazards. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) holds your employer responsible for the safety and health of you and your co-workers. Did you know that you have the right to refuse to do unsafe work?

How does workers' compensation treat pre-existing injury

When California workers are involved in workplace accidents that caused significant aggravation to pre-existing injuries, they might be eligible for compensation. However, not all injuries qualify as pre-existing. Only injuries or illnesses that are linked to events or exposure that are not work-related will be regarded as pre-existing conditions. Furthermore, other requirements must also be met before a workers' compensation benefits claim will be valid.

Guidelines to prevent coronavirus-related workplace injuries

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration is using its existing Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATDs) standard on which to base interim safety guidelines. The agency recognizes the significant risks faced by health care workers who become exposed to patients infected by the coronavirus. This safety standard requires California employers to protect employees from pathogens and diseases that are transmitted by droplets and aerosols that could cause workplace injuries or illnesses.

It might be up to you to protect your limbs from amputation

Employers in California's manufacturing industry have the task of making sure workers lose no limbs in work-related accidents. If you work in the wood processing sector, the risk level is particularly high. Even if your employer puts all the safety devices in place to prevent amputation injuries, it might not be sufficient. Safety standards and protocols that lack training, supervision and enforcement are not worth much because there will always be the human factor to monitor.

Workplace injuries caused when palm tree uproots inside hotel

A recent accident involving a California tree trimmer underscored the point that work-related accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. The man worked for a company of tree surgeons that was contracted to remove several trees at a San Diego hotel. Reportedly, one palm tree uprooted shortly before 11 a.m. It fell over, causing workplace injuries to a trimmer who was strapped to the tree.

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