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November 2017 Archives

Temporary disability can follow exposure to Valley Fever fungus

Workers in the Central Valley of California are at risk of contracting Valley Fever. The illness is caused by inhalation of microscopic fungus spores, Coccidioides immitis. The fungus is present in this soil of this area, and it becomes airborne when the soil is disturbed. Victims of this illness may suffer temporary disability.

Third-party cases: Vehicle kills security guard at FedEx center

The vehicular activity at distribution centers such as those operated by FedEx can be dangerous. This was underscored when a man lost his life at one of the company's distribution centers in California. Third-party cases such a this one in which injury or death is caused by the negligence of someone not linked to the victim's employer often end up in civil court.

TBI prevalent in construction workers' accidents despite hardhats

Employees in the construction industry in California are at a significant risk of suffering work-related traumatic brain injuries. Safety authorities say that construction, agriculture, transportation, fishing and forestry are the industries in which most occupational TBI fatalities occur. While hardhats provide some protection, they do not prevent all head injuries in construction workers' accidents.

Workplace injuries: A plan to reduce falls in the workplace.

While each industry poses unique safety hazards, the risk of falls seems to be present in all workplaces, regardless of whether it involves falling to lower levels or the same level. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says falls continue to be a primary cause of workplace injuries in California and other states. Safety advisers say addressing fall hazards involves a three-tier approach.

Workplace injuries and illnesses prevalent in all industries

Workers in every industry face some type of occupational hazard. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health warned about a hepatitis A outbreak in California last month. This is a virus that attacks a person's liver, and it is highly contagious. Employers must take preventative measures to protect employees from workplace injuries or diseases.

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