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August 2014 Archives

Misclassification of drivers to avoid California workers' comp?

If you drive a little over 100 miles due west of Coachella Valley, you come to Long Beach, home of a trucking company that recently lost an interesting case before the California Supreme Court. The company was accused by the state of misclassifying truck drivers as independent contractors.

Act quickly after suffering injury while at work

You may work in a high-risk industry or a low-risk industry. You may fully understand that you risk life and limb each day that you are on the job, or you may understandably assume that you will remain safe while working at your desk job. In either case, becoming injured at work can feel like a shock after it has happened. In the wake of your accident, you may be far more concerned with obtaining medical care and healing than you may be about seeking legal counsel.

CDC report discusses worker deaths caused by heat-related hazards

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report related to 20 heat-related enforcement actions reviewed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration between 2012 and 2013. The report indicates that lack of heat acclimatization programs is the single greatest risk factor workers face when potential for heat-related fatalities exists.

World Cup inspires worker safety discussion in Congress

The United States did surprisingly well in this summer’s World Cup. Partially due to the Americans’ performance, a bit of soccer fever seems to have permeated many aspects of American life. Most recently, it seems to have inspired a discussion about worker safety in Congress. Interestingly though, the discussion was not directed towards keeping American workers safe.

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