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October 2017 Archives

Workplace accidents involving tree workers alarmingly prevalent

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says logging ranks near the top of the list of hazardous occupations nationwide. With the lingering drought in California that has killed more than 100 million trees along with the results of recent wildfires, tree removal crews from all over the country have come to work here. Sadly, several lives have been lost in workplace accidents in the process.

Workplace injuries prevention alongside a robotic colleague

Working alongside cobots, aka collaborative robots, will soon be par for the course in manufacturing facilities in California. Robotic technology has come a long way since the first robot was installed in a General Motors plant in the 1960s. That was a monstrous, caged machine that followed human commands. In contrast, cobots share the workspaces of humans and perform memorized tasks. They can even be programmed to respond to what is happening around them -- but will they pose a threat of workplace injuries?

8,000 pounds of granite slabs cause major workplace injuries

Any California worker who is unable to return to work for a long time after an on-the-job injury will likely be concerned about the financial consequences because, along with regular bills, there will now also be medical bills with which to cope. A delivery man miraculously survived an incident that caused him major workplace injuries. Reportedly, the incident occurred in Santa Rosa on a recent Thursday.

Electrical workplace injuries suffered during elevator repairs

Electrical workers in California face many deadly hazards on every shift they work. Some workplace injuries are caused by the failure of employers to comply with the safety regulations as prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Causes can include companies allowing unqualified employees to do electrical work, failure to provide appropriate training or failure to enforce compliance by employees.

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