First responders and law enforcement in California never know where their next call will take them, nor do they know to what they will be exposed. A sheriff's deputy in Mendocino County recently suffered temporary disability after he was exposed to a dangerous type of pesticide. The exposure happened during the execution of a search warrant.
Drivers hauling hazardous materials put their lives on the line with every trip they undertake. This was recently underscored when a big rig filled with liquefied oxygen exploded in California. Miraculously, no lives were lost in this incident, and only one person was injured. The injured person was the driver of the tanker truck, and his injuries caused a temporary disability.
With record highs in California temperatures this month, all outdoor workers are at risk of suffering heat exhaustion. The surviving family members of a 63-year-old postal worker whose death might have been heat-related will likely seek financial assistance through the workers' compensation insurance program of the state. Reportedly, the woman worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 28 years.
Public parks in California such as Capitol Park in Sacramento have become areas where homeless individuals spend their nights. The garbage and debris they leave behind are causing problems for workers who have to clean up. Reportedly, a director of public employees filed a complaint on behalf of employees who fear they could suffer serious workplace injuries due to their exposure to fecal matter and blood.
Workers in California's construction industry frequently risk their lives on scaffolding. While safety authorities say falls form a significant percentage of annual workplace fatalities in the state, it is not always the lack of fall protection that is to blame. Negligently erected scaffold structures that collapse cause many construction workers' accidents, with traumatic consequences.