The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health implemented the new Respirable Crystalline Standard for Construction this month which will require employers to take specific steps to protect workers against occupational illnesses such as silicosis and other lung diseases. But what are the symptoms of silicosis? When it comes to workers' compensation benefits claims, how difficult will it be to prove that silicosis resulted from on-the-job exposure years earlier?
A 22-year-old man who worked at Bodie State Historic Park -- a historical landmark in Mono County -- contracted a rare disease during that time. He was left fighting for his life in a hospital, suspecting that it was caused by exposure to rodents at the facility. Although he can file California workers' compensation benefits claims, proving the illness to be work-related may be challenging.
Business is booming in California, and with it comes an increase in building. While it is not unusual for construction workers' accidents to occur, when multiple accidents happen on the same site, rescue workers and other authorities may begin to worry. Recently, a worker's fall from the site of the new Facebook building marked the second such accident since construction began this spring.
Eyes are on the skies this week as the nation celebrates Independence Day with fireworks displays. The public is warned each year of the dangers of personal fireworks and handheld sparklers, and even adults setting off fireworks may be injured to the point of requiring hospitalization and temporary disability. However, few probably consider the danger involved in assembling the explosives.
Many who anticipate improved versions of electronic vehicles are closely watching the development of Tesla, Inc. The company's California plant is preparing to release the Model 3 by increasing production five-fold. However, workplace safety advocates are alarmed at the number of injuries and illnesses among employees at the plant. A rise in workers' compensation claims may mean the company is putting production above the safety of its employees.
Workplace falls are among the most common reasons why California employees suffer injuries. Whether it is a ground-level fall or a fall from a great height, the injuries may result in temporary disability, requiring the workers to seek financial assistance to cover their basic needs. A recent accident in another state left two workers with serious injuries that will certainly keep them off the job as they recover. However, such events are all too common.
Workplace injuries can disrupt the flow of one's life. Even a slight injury may take an employee away from work for days or weeks. At many jobsites in California, workplace injuries are common and even expected. However, sometimes a worker is injured in the line of duty although the company or its employees are not directly responsible, and these are known as third\-party cases. In addition to investigating a workers' compensation claim, an attorney will be helpful in determining if a third-party claim is available.
Working on the road comes with many dangers. The most obvious are encountering traffic and working around heavy equipment. However, some workplace injuries in California occur in the blink of an eye and cause severe injuries requiring workers' compensation coverage for lost wages. One road crew in another state experienced a freak accident that nearly cost one of them his life.
Running a business is difficult. It demands a person's time and money, sometimes beyond what is comfortable to give. Nevertheless, business owners are required to operate within the law, especially when it comes to providing workers' compensation coverage to their employees. A local cab company has learned that the California Labor Commission is serious when it comes to protecting the rights of workers and the integrity of hard-working business owners.
Last December, dozens of county workers were killed or injured when gunmen opened fire in a terrorist attack at an office holiday party. As they look back on that event, many of the survivors are still struggling with the shock and trauma as well as suffering physically. To add to the misery, some victims are now learning that certain workers' compensation benefits were not approved because of the system California uses for assessing the kind of care to dispense.