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May 2017 Archives

Tesla reports higher than average workers' compensation claims

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.

Cal/OSHA reviews policies after construction workers' accidents

California's branch of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has long warned contractors about the dangers of sending workers into confined spaces without proper permits and safety precautions. Construction workers' accidents in confined spaces frequently make for difficult rescue operations because there is often only one opening. The main concern for workers in confined spaces is the risk of air contamination because of poor ventilation.

Logging sees more workplace accidents than other jobs

While it is not a contest many would like to win, loggers have once more made the top of the list of the most dangerous occupations, according to the latest report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries shows that 132.7 loggers die in workplace accidents for every 100,000 full-time workers in country, drastically higher than the national average of 3.4. The families of many California loggers understand the risks they take, but it does not make it easier to bear when a tragedy occurs.

Workplace injuries sometimes result in third-party claims

Many people in California prefer jobs that take them out of the office. Sitting behind a desk is not what they enjoy, and they choose a career that allows them to work outdoors. However, doing field work is often dangerous because the environment cannot always be controlled, creating a higher risk for workplace injuries. One man in another state is an example of the injuries possible when working amid such risks.

Workplace falls may result in temporary disability

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.

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