Every week, thousands of people across the nation tune-in to watch the ABC Network's long running hit "Dancing with the Stars." While it's very easy to be caught up in the drama of the performances and the backstage intrigue, fans might not realize that the show has actually seen a very long list of serious work injuries among cast members over the past sixteen seasons.
Employers must always be diligent when it comes to employee safety. This means making certain that the necessary policies/procedures are in place, conducting regular inspections and providing the necessary safety equipment. Any failure to take these steps can have severe and lasting consequences, including fines, increased workers' compensation insurance premiums and possibly an employee serious and willful misconduct lawsuit.
While large portions of the nation are coping with the fallout from snowstorms, torrential rain and other severe weather outbreaks, the weather continues to remain hot and sunny throughout the state of California.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released some very interesting information this past summer concerning the most dangerous professions in the United States. Here, the agency examined data from 2010 -- the most recent year for which such data is available -- and determined that fishing was the most deadly occupation in the country, with an altogether shocking fatality rate of 116 per 100,000 workers.
The most recent version of the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, released last month, made some truly shocking revelations concerning the costs of work injuries to U.S. employers in 2010.
Most employers understand and appreciate the risks facing their employees, and will always go the extra mile to protect them from serious work injuries. However, statistics show that some may be lacking the foresight needed to protect them from an otherwise obvious workplace hazard: eye injuries.
Nearly 100 years ago, the state of California established its workers' compensation system in an attempt to provide much-needed support to those who suffered serious work injuries. While the system has, of course, undergone a major transformation since the early 1900s -- evolving into a $12 billion industry -- it's underlying principle has remained the same: any person employed in California for any period of time may seek benefits to cover their medical expenses and work-related disabilities.
No matter the size of their operations or the sector in which they operate, most employers are well versed on the consequences of serious work injuries. For instance, most know that if they lose an employee for several months with some sort of injury, they will see both decreased production and increased costs (higher insurance premiums, training for replacements, etc.).
Like their industrial counterparts, those employers whose primary operations are conducted in office settings must always remain vigilant about protecting their workforce. However, this means implementing measures that not only prevent outward injuries (sprains, strains, contusions, etc.), but internal injuries as well.
Countless studies have shown that motorists continue to multitask -- talk or text while driving -- at an alarming rate. Perhaps even more alarming is that this behavior is not just practiced by motorists on their way to the store, school or restaurant, but by employees during the course of their normal work hours.