California farms produce a significant percentage of the nation's fruits and vegetables, and about 90,000 farmworkers risk their health when planting, harvesting and packing the fresh produce. However, this year, most of them will face the fungicide season without masks due to the current nationwide shortage of respiratory protection. The risk is exacerbated by the fact that the fire season will follow soon.
Slips, trips and falls are prevalent on California construction sites. Safety authorities say same-level falls cause a significant percentage of workplace injuries, most of which are preventable. Injuries typical to this type of accident include knee strains, twisted ankles, back injuries, muscle tears and even fractured wrists if the worker tries to break the fall with his or her hands.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has launched an investigation into a recent incident that caused the death of a worker. According to authorities, firefighters from Cal Fire and Riverside County responded to Cottonwood Dairy after receiving a call about severe workplace injuries suffered by an employee. They received the emergency call shortly before 10:45 a.m. on a recent Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has launched an investigation into an incident that claimed the life of a worker in Sanger. Reportedly, officials from the sheriff's office were called to the property of a packing company at approximately 11 a.m. on a recent Friday. The employee who suffered fatal workplace injuries was 33 years old, and she was in her second year of working at the packing plant.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating an incident that claimed the life of a 54-year-old employee of a recycling company. The woman died earlier this month after working for the company for more than 16 years. The workplace injuries that led to her death were caused when a skip loader struck her.
Regardless of the amount of experience a particular employee has, it may not be enough to keep him or her safe from an on-the-job accident. Many of the tasks completed by employees of California companies come with significant risks. When something goes wrong, fatal workplace injuries can occur.
Workers in California put their lives on the line every day. The risks of suffering workplace injuries are ever-present, and some are severe enough to cause death. An employee of a dredging company in California recently lost his life in such an accident.