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June 2019 Archives

Cal/OSHA issues new warnings for heat-related workplace injuries

Following warnings of high temperatures in California by the National Weather Service, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health reminded employers of their responsibility to protect workers from known hazards. Having a prevention plan to prevent heat-related workplace injuries is one of the requirements included in the Cal/OSHA safety standards. By assessing each employee's level of risk based on his or her duties and exposure to heat, appropriate steps can prevent heat illness.

Forklift accidents can cause permanent or temporary disability

Although the sixth annual National Forklift Safety Day was held on June 11, safety authorities remind employers that it is not a single-day problem. Forklift accidents in California and other states claim lives and cause permanent or temporary disability throughout the year. The day of emphasis is there to underscore the importance of compliance with state and federal safety standards, and to remind employers to provide safety training and enforce safety rules.

Construction workers' accidents involving trenches could be fatal

From June 17 to June 21, safety authorities will reinforce the importance of compliance with trench-related safety regulations. During the Trench Safety Stand Down, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will remind employers and employees of the potential hazards that could cause severe or fatal construction workers' accidents. The agency reports that more than 50 lives are lost in trench collapses nationwide each year, including California.

Young agricultural workers can face a myriad of potential dangers

As a teenager taking an agricultural job this summer, your employer will be responsible for your safety and health. In turn, you are responsible for following the safety protocols set in place by your employer. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has strict safety standards to protect you.

Will workers' compensation cover bacterial infections?

No one should be exposed to conditions that are so unsanitary that workers are infected with bacteria that cause typhoid fever. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health issued a fine that exceeds $5,000 after inspecting workplace conditions to which Los Angeles Police Department officers were exposed. Reportedly, some officers were diagnosed with Salmonella Typhi. The investigation took place last November, and their medical expenses will likely be covered by workers' compensation claims.

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