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March 2018 Archives

New anti-violence laws to limit workplace injuries in hospitals

In 2014, legislation was enacted in California that directed the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health to establish a standard to prevent workplace violence. By April 1 of this year, all the health care employers in the state that are covered must submit plans by which they intend to protect workers from workplace injuries caused by violence. At the federal level, a similar bill was introduced by lawmakers on March 8 requiring the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to oversee the creation of unit-specific violence prevention programs nationwide.

Construction workers' accidents: Second HSR incident in 4 months

Concern was expressed about the compliance with workplace safety regulations at the site of the high-speed rail project in California. Construction workers' accidents at these sites can have devastating consequences. Following an incident in which a rebar tower toppled over on an HSR site last November, an accident on a recent Tuesday afternoon caused catastrophic injuries to a 48-year-old construction worker.

Workplace accidents: High-voltage electricity kills tree trimmer

Employees of landscaping companies in California often put their lives on the line. Not only do tree trimmers work at dangerous heights, but they are also exposed to the hazards posed by equipment such as chainsaws, wood chippers and other machines. Employers must prevent workplace accidents by protecting the health and safety of employees, and an essential part of that responsibility is providing adequate safety training.

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