The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health announced new safety standards for nighttime workers in the agricultural industry. The need for new rules arose from the high number of workplace injuries that occur during night shifts. These are the first safety regulations issued specifically for farmworkers who work from sunset to sunrise.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has launched an investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of a vineyard worker. Reportedly, the incident that occurred on a recent Friday involved tree removal. Rescue workers from Cal Fire also responded after receiving an alert about a worker who suffered critical workplace injuries.
Each year, when the hot California summer months approach, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health urges employers to comply with safety standards to prevent heat illness. Each year, many employees are exposed to excessive heat, and in some cases, lives are lost. The agency's prevention standards are designed to protect all outdoor workers, including those in industries like landscaping, construction and agriculture. Furthermore, any worker who spends a significant part of his or her workdays in a non-airconditioned vehicle is also at a high risk of heat illness.
Along with the risk of falling, tree workers face several other hazards. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health requires employers to protect employees from known hazards. The safety agency has launched an investigation into a case in which a tree worker suffered fatal workplace injuries.
Electricity poses risks to workers in all California industries, from office workers to construction workers. May is National Electricity Safety month, and it will be interesting to see whether the awareness campaign has reduced the number of electricity-related workplace injuries. It is not only electricians who are at risk because all work environments have potential electrical hazards.
The circumstances that caused an explosion and massive fire in a California building are being investigated. A hazmat team responded to the scene in downtown Los Angeles as over 230 firefighters battled the blaze, which was categorized as a major emergency. Reportedly, the fire department was attending to the fire at about 6:30 p.m. when the blast occurred. Multiple firefighters suffered workplace injuries of various degrees of severity.
Each year, California honors workers who succumbed to injuries suffered in work-related incidents. Workers' Memorial Day on April 28 was the day this year on which the state's Division of Occupational Safety and Health, along with the Department of Industrial Relations, commemorated deceased workers. April 28, 1970 was actually the date on which the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed by the U.S. Congress, which mandates that workers have the right to be protected from workplace injuries.
Employers in California's warehousing industry have the task of providing safe work environments for their employees. Loading docks are areas that pose a variety of safety hazards and preventing workplace injuries in these areas requires both environmental and engineering solutions. Furthermore, adequate safety training is crucial.
Ladders are used in various California industries, from construction sites and warehouses to office storerooms. Although ladders are used in everyday activities, they pose significant safety hazards. Improper use of ladders can cause severe workplace injuries, which could include traumatic brain injuries and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than eight in 10 work-related falls involve ladders.
Employers in all industries in California must protect the health and safety of employees. Sadly, many employers fail to equip machines with lockout and tagout devices. In some cases, LOTO devices are installed, but workers are not trained on how to use the devices correctly, nor do they learn about the potential workplace injuries that could follow noncompliance with LOTO safety standards.