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Occupational back injuries known for causing temporary disability

Workers in California may be surprised to learn that the only workplace injury or illness that is more common than back injury is the common cold. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says over 1 million workers nationwide suffer the consequences of back injuries -- accounting for almost 20 percent of all workplace illnesses and injuries. Many work hours and wages are lost due to temporary disability caused by back injuries.

Construction workers' accidents can be traumatic experiences

Construction sites in California pose a myriad of hidden dangers that can cause serious injuries. While there are many known safety hazards, unanticipated incidents are often reported. For that reason, risk assessment by knowledgeable professionals must continue throughout building projects. Unforeseen construction workers' accidents can have devastating consequences.

Workplace accidents: Forklift risks underscored by worker's death

Business owners in California are responsible for the health and safety of their employees. Safety training must be provided to all workers to ensure the prevention of workplace accidents. Furthermore, those who are tasked with operating dangerous equipment such as forklifts must be properly qualified to do so, and even then, they must comply with safety regulations.

Heat exposure can lead to construction workers' accidents

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has no definite rules related to working in very hot conditions, but employers are responsible for the health and safety of employees. This includes protecting them from excessive heat exposure. One of the first signs of heat illness is dizziness, which can cause devastating construction workers' accidents within in moments.

Workplace injuries prevalent when frequent lifting is required

Industries nationwide, including in California, spend billions of dollars on workers' compensation claims for back-related injuries every year. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says one in five claims for workplace injuries involve back injuries. Records also show that the majority of back injuries are suffered during materials handling -- mainly lifting -- and three in four of these damage the lower backs of employees.

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