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Goodwill facing multiple safety violations

California employers large and small can come under fire from current employees, former employees and others for alleged safety violations at any time. In some cases, these allegations may even be escalated to and involve the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. When this happens, it is important for companies to remember that they have the right to defend themselves against what may not always be accurate accusations that could threaten the trust of their brand reputations.

How traumatic brain injuries occur

Traumatic brain injuries are a somewhat common occurrence in workplaces across California and throughout the United States. These injuries occur in a wide-range of industries, from offices and schools, to construction sites and warehouses. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that traumatic brain injuries are contributing factors in at least 30 percent of all injury deaths. Brain damage is one of the most common workplace injuries, causing serious dysfunction, loss of production and long-term disabilities.

What is America’s most common workplace injury?

If you work in California’ entertainment, mining, automotive or construction industries, among a multitude of others, you run the risk of suffering what the California Health Care Foundation calls the most common work-related injury in the nation: hearing loss. Costing the nation an estimated $242 million every year in workers’ compensation costs, hearing loss is a highly pervasive problem, but critics have differing opinions about what to do to address the growing issue moving forward.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

While workplace injuries are often associated with high-risk professions, even office workers in Los Angeles face the possibility of injuring themselves at work. Carpal tunnel is one condition that can greatly impact your ability to perform basic work functions, and may even prevent you from holding gainful employment in the future.

Employee rights in high-heat work areas

With summer nearly here, the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration held a press conference to educate and remind employers of the necessary safety steps to protect workers from the rising temperatures. Since workers are most at risk in industries where they are outdoors in the summer heat, Cal/OSHA does targeted inspections during the hotter months of the year on outdoor worksites, such as for construction sites and farms and other agricultural workplaces.

Latino workers face higher workplace death rate

California is typically one of the safest states in the nation, Safety.BLR reports that new findings show Latino workers have a higher risk of dying on the job. Although the Golden State has a fatality rate of “2.2 workers per 100,000, each year, compared to 3.4 per 100,000 nationally,” the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that Latino workers faced a fatality rate of 4.0 per 100,000. There were 903 total deaths of Latino workers in 2015. This is up from 2014 by almost 100 fatalities in one year (804 in 2014).

Stress cited as reason for Uber employee’s suicide

When most in Los Angeles hear stories regarding workers’ compensation claims, they may likely assume them to involve injuries suffered while on the job. While that may be the case in many situations, such an assumption may fail to take into account the emotional toll that one’s career can exact. Such a toll may result in psychological or emotional issues that can be equally as damaging as physical injuries. Unfortunately, securing workers’ compensation benefits for stress and psychological issues may not be as simple as it is when dealing with typical work-related injuries.

Why are nurses at such high risk for work injuries?

If you are a nurse in the Los Angeles area, then you are already aware of what a rewarding but difficult job it can be. You may not be aware, however, that those who work in the nursing profession run a particularly high risk of being injured on the job. According to NPR, more than 35,000 injuries to nurses are reported annually and the main culprit is clear: lifting and moving heavy patients.

Man crushed by three-ton concrete wall

It may be no secret to anyone in California who works in the construction industry that jobs in this sector put workers in potentially hazardous situations on a fairly regular basis. It is for this reason that there are so many safety regulations and laws in place. Workers should be able to know that their employers follow these rules so that they feel safe when going to work each day.

What if your employee’s depression was caused by his or her job?

There are many types of workplace injuries that can happen at your company. Some individuals may suffer from carpal tunnel while others may deal with extremely serious injuries such as head trauma, broken bones, burns and lacerations. It makes sense of course that some individuals in certain workforces are more likely to get injured than others and companies do their best to make sure these injuries rarely happen.

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