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.
The agricultural industry poses many hazards to workers on farms nationwide. Although the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health prescribes strict safety regulations, workplace accidents happen and lives are lost. The safety agency is investigating such an incident in which a farm employee in Monterey County was killed.
A police sergeant in Palo Alto was flagged down by a construction worker on a recent Thursday shortly before 9 a.m. The construction worker alerted the officer to an emergency at a work site in a nearby parking lot of a church. As with other fatal workplace accidents, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has launched an investigation into this incident.
A California man has to learn to live without both his legs after an amputation injury he suffered last August. This was one of those workplace accidents that should never have happened. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health recently issued a statement indicating that several safety violations contributed to this tragedy.
California workers who are involved in the collection of garbage may not realize the dangers to which they are exposed. Regardless of prescribed safety regulations, fatal workplace accidents in this industry continue to be reported in the media. Whether it is a waste truck driver that is killed when his own truck knocks him down, or a garbage collector that is injured while emptying bins into the truck, almost all these incidents are preventable.
Employees of landscaping companies face numerous risks, and complacency can put lives on the line. Tree trimmers work with hazardous equipment in dangerous conditions that lead to frequent workplace accidents. Some workers tend to become careless in their observations of potential risks. The circumstances that led to the recent death of a tree trimmer in California are currently under investigation.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health recently brought further attention to the hazards faced by tree workers when it proposed penalties exceeding $23,000 for a tree service company. The federal safety agency issued citations for seven safety violations identified during an investigation following an August fatality in Napa. Cal/OSHA says fatal workplace accidents are 56 times more likely to occur in the tree services industry than in all other sectors combined.