A recent report issued by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is an example of noncompliance with prescribed safety standards. Too many preventable construction workers accidents cause severe or fatal injuries. Cal/OSHA has completed its inquiry into an incident that claimed a life in San Rafael last September.
Building sites nationwide, including California, pose an endless list of safety hazards, many of which are life-threatening. One of the primary causes of fatal construction workers accidents is workers falling from higher levels. The Center for Construction Research and Training recently reported concern over the number of lives lost in elevator-related accidents.
Manual work and artistry may not seem to go hand in hand, but new research indicates that using artistic concepts could help keep workers safe.
Employers in all industries in California must inform their workers of all the potential health and safety risks they might encounter. While safety training could teach workers how to mitigate hazards that typically cause construction workers accidents, many may not be aware of the dangers posed by asbestos. Whenever they work on buildings that date back to the 1970s and earlier, construction workers are sure to be exposed to asbestos.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health requires construction company owners to appoint a competent person to conduct thorough manual and visual tests of the soil in which trenches are excavated. This person must then determine what type of protection is required to prevent cave-ins. Fatal construction workers accidents can occur if trench walls are not adequately supported.
California's Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF) recently discovered-and shut down-dangerous machinery at seven work sites in Southern California, including four car washes and three manufacturing businesses.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health reported that inspectors are investigating the death of a 29-year-old worker in San Diego County earlier this month. As in all fatal workplace accidents, the agency will determine whether safety violations on the work site played a role in this tragedy. The incident occurred in the yard of a metal fabrication business in the region of East County.
Workers in all industries are vulnerable, and although certain sectors like construction and manufacturing are known for the dangers employees face, workers such as janitors also face risks. Although most of the injuries they suffer would not qualify as workplace accidents, they could cause long-term health problems. The University of California designed a safety training program for janitorial staff to assist employers and employees in maintaining safe work environments.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health recently concluded an investigation into the death of an employee of GreenWaste Recovery Inc. in March. The agency says this company was also the subject of three prior investigations that followed injuries suffered in workplace accidents in 2016 and 2017. This company is privately owned, and it recycles commercial and residential trash, demolition and construction rubble and other garbage.
According to the chief of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, employers must ensure that employees maintain the required clearances when they work anywhere near energized overhead power lines. This is part of the responsibilities of all employers to identify and evaluate workplace hazards. Too many workers suffer electrical shocks or electrocution in workplace accidents.