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January 2018 Archives

Workplace injuries threats to housekeepers addressed

Housekeepers in the hospitality industry in California who believe their hard work is not appreciated and the injury risks they face are disregarded will likely find comfort in learning that this will no longer be the case. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has recently approved a list of suggested safety rules to protect the health and safety of housekeepers. The plans include exposure to workplace injuries, heavy workloads and the risks of being harassed and assaulted.

Workers' compensation appeals process could be challenging

Workplace injuries can be suffered by any worker in any industry. In most cases, victims of on-the-job accidents can pursue financial relief through the California workers' compensation insurance program. However, filing a benefits claim does not necessarily mean that compensation will be paid.

Data of California workplace injuries reveal interesting facts

Employees in California are said to be much safer at work than they were around the turn of the century. In 2002, almost 695,000 non-fatal workplace injuries were reported. Then there was a significant drop to a low of 441,000 at the midpoint of the recession. Since then the number increased to 471,000 in 2015 and an estimated 466,000 in 2016. However, the low point appears to reflect the lower number of workers during the years of recession.

Cal/OSHA: Insect hazards known for causing workplace accidents

Losing loved ones due to fatal on-the-job injuries will always be traumatic experiences, regardless of citations and penalties issued to negligent employers. Following a recent report of citations totaling over $40,000 that were issued to a California date producing company, the sister of the deceased worker said that, although it will not bring her brother back, it might prevent similar tragedies. Safety authorities maintain that most fatal workplace accidents are preventable by complying with safety regulations.

Electronic logging for truckers may limit workplace accidents

A federal mandate for all commercial trucks to be fitted with electronic log machines took effect in December. This will hopefully prevent many fatal workplace accidents that result from fatigued truck drivers in California whose demanding delivery schedules force them to drive for more hours than allowed by safety regulations. Many drivers claim their employers threatened to fire them if they did not falsify their paper logs, which were the only method of record keeping up to now.

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