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June 2017 Archives

Rise in workplace injuries alarming at Goodwill

When the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health launches an investigation into the working conditions of an industry, its purpose is to ensure the employees have a safe environment in which to work. That safety involves protection equipment, freedom from hazards and proper training to prevent workplace injuries. Recently, following a fatal accident in which a worker's head was crushed in a compactor, Goodwill Industries is facing a Cal/OSHA probe and possibly criminal charges.

Spinal injuries may require temporary disability claim

Falls are one of the most common and devastating construction worker injuries. Workers in California and across the country are trained to wear protective gear and use extra precaution when working at great heights. Someone falling from a scaffold or platform risks injuries such as head trauma, broken bones and spinal fractures. Any of those injuries may mean losing time on the job and seeking financial relief for temporary disability to cover basic living expenses.

Cal/OSHA proposes rules for workplace accidents involving heat

California lawmakers often lead the way when it comes to enacting safety measures. Recently they continued the trend by acknowledging growing concerns regarding heat-related workplace accidents. While protocol for the prevention of heat-related illnesses and injuries has been in place for over a decade, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has not been successful in implementing similar policies for indoor workers. However, Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a measure to address this deficiency.

Back injuries often mean temporary disability for workers

Sometimes it starts as a little twinge in the lower back and builds to paralyzing pain. Other times, it hits all at once with a snap, leaving a person lying on the floor until help arrives. Back injuries are among the most common workplace injuries, causing the temporary disability of thousands of employees in California each year. They are often recurring injuries since the spine and back muscles are more easily injured once they have been damaged. Knowing the common causes of back injuries on the job may help workers protect their spines.

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