Commercial truck drivers in California haul their cargo loads across the country, facing many more hazards than those presented by road accidents. Truckers are typically exposed to a variety of risks that could lead to workplace injuries -- to both health and body. Occupational illnesses, injuries and fatalities in the transport industry can occur inside and outside the cabs of the trucks.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says over 50,000 construction workers nationwide, including in California, suffer injuries from being struck by objects on building sites every year. Even something as small as a nut or a bolt falling from an elevated work area can cause a severe or fatal injury. However, precautions can be taken to prevent such workplace injuries.
Hotel workers nationwide, including in California, are incredibly vulnerable when they work alone in areas such as guest rooms where they are isolated. Too many hotel workers fall victim to sexual assault and harassment in the hospitality industry. Although the state-regulated workers' compensation system covers work-related injuries, proving these incidents to be related to one's job could be challenging. However, victims might have grounds to file third-party claims.
Truck operators in the construction industry need particular skills to navigate their vehicles in often challenging areas. This was recently underscored by an accident on a construction site of Station 1300 in Menlo Park. According to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, this accident could have been a lot worse, and the one person that suffered workplace injuries could have been dead had things gone only slightly different.
Every member of the California workforce faces some risks in his or her occupation, regardless of whether it is in an office, a construction site or a film set. Several lawsuits have been filed against television studios and cable networks in recent years. Just like any other employer, employers in the entertainment industry must protect the health and safety of employees by eliminating known hazards that could cause workplace injuries.
Outdoor workers in California are familiar with the threats posed by the harsh heat of the sun every summer. However, with the many devastating fires raging across the state, workers are now also exposed to the hazards of smoke. While poor air quality and inhalation of smoke can cause serious workplace injuries through illness, it was observed that outdoor workers appeared a whole lot better prepared for the problems associated with heat exposure.
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.
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, especially those who are new to the workforce, may not be aware of the hazards unique to the summer. While employee training might cover the various workplace injuries that can happen, the risks of working outdoors at this time of the year must be underscored. Those who work alone are most vulnerable, and they will need to take additional precautions to stay safe from a variety of seasonal hazards this summer.
Forklifts are common pieces of equipment in warehouses and distribution centers in California. Unfortunately, the hazards they pose are not always recognized. Accidents involving forklifts are common, and the resulting workplace injuries are often catastrophic. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health reportedly launched an investigation into one such accident that occurred on a recent Wednesday.