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May 2016 Archives

Workplace injuries: Employers must guard against heat illness

According to forecasters, summer temperatures in California and many other states are expected to be above average this year. While workplace injuries occur year round, employers are asked to pay particular attention to the dangers of heat exposure at this time of the year. Outdoor workers in many industries are at risk, including the employees of landscaping companies.

Workplace accidents: Equipment rental employee crushed to death

The California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the tragic death of an employee of an equipment rental company. The man reportedly lost his life on a recent Friday at a construction site in San Francisco. The negligent operation of aerial lifts have been known to cause fatalities in workplace accidents, and Cal/OSHA will determine whether this was the case in this fatality, or whether equipment malfunction may be to blame.

Workplace injuries: Chemical hazard warning system fails

California workers in facilities in which refrigeration units form part of the workplace environment need protection against exposure to hazardous chemicals. Workplace injuries caused by toxic gases and fumes can be lethal. Those who survive such exposure often suffer life-long health consequences.

Workplace accidents: OSHA investigates fatality in unsafe trench

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict safety regulations for all industries nationwide, including those across California. Workplace accidents among employees of excavation companies are prevalent, and the number of deaths caused by unsecured trenches is alarming. Such a fatality in another state is currently under investigation by OSHA to determine whether safety violations were the cause.

Harrison Ford may also claim benefits after workplace injuries

Just like any other company in California, filmmakers are responsible for the safety of their employees, including actors and actresses. They have the same responsibility to assess workplaces, identify safety hazards and then deal with hazards to prevent workplace injuries. Although theirs is a world of make-believe, injuries can delay productions and may lead to temporary or permanent disabilities for the stars of the production -- or worse.

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