Safety authorities say contact with objects are frequently the subject of workers' compensation benefits claims in California and other states. Although employers are responsible for the health and safety of employees, they are advised to create safety cultures that will encourage workers to be alert at all times. It is not only compliance with regulations that can prevent workplace injuries, focusing on the task at hand can help workers to protect themselves.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health reported an investigation that was launched after an incident that sent an employee of a plumbing company to a hospital. The agency aims to determine the cause of the workplace injuries that affected two workers as well as the employer's compliance with safety regulations. They will likely focus on confined space procedures and safety training, and they will inspect the equipment. Cal/OSHA says there is no record of previous inspections at this company.
Safety authorities in California say the recently issued report about the 10 most frequently cited safety violations in fiscal year 2018 could be invaluable for employers who prioritize workplace safety. More efficient safety measures will not only prevent workplace injuries, but they will also improve productivity, morale and the bottom line if increased insurance premiums can be avoided. Although the primary cited standards are the same as in previous years, the list underscores the need for additional attention to those risks.
Unfortunately, workers sometimes suffer major injuries on the job. Such injuries could drastically change a worker's life, or even cut it tragically short. Risks of serious workplace injuries and workplace fatalities can come up in all kinds of industries. There are some fields though where these risks can be particularly high. A recent study points to utility work being one of these fields.