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November 2018 Archives

Construction worker killed by prematurely disassembled trench box

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health reportedly determined that the April death of a worker in Oakland was preventable. The construction worker died while working in an underground excavation. This report follows the completion of an investigation that was launched immediately after the incident.

Workers' compensation: Wildfire smoke poses health hazards

With the raging wildfires in California, workers in Encino and other Los Angeles neighborhoods face severe health hazards due to the toxic quality of the air they breathe. Although the state-regulated workers' compensation system will likely provide financial assistance to employees who suffer illness or injury on the job, employers must protect workers from harm. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health provides guidelines for limiting exposure.

Does workers' compensation for health care workers cover stress?

It is a well-known fact that workers in California hospitals and other health care facilities typically have to deal with excessive workloads. However, it is not always recognized that such workloads cause not only physical injuries but also emotional stress. Safety authorities say work-related stress affects a higher percentage of health care workers than most other occupations. An often-asked question is whether workers' compensation for health care workers cover stress-related conditions.

Exposure to infectious diseases threaten many healthcare workers

Each occupation in California has its unique hazards that threaten the health and safety of employees. According to the safety authorities, healthcare workers are in one of the most dangerous fields of employment. Workers in this industry are all faced with significant risks of contracting infectious diseases, not only in hospitals but all healthcare environments, including outpatient facilities, emergency rooms, nursing homes, mental institutions, prisons, ambulances and more.

Workers' compensation: Chemical exposure kills bath refurbishers

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, one or more bathtub refinishers nationwide, including California, have died as the result of occupational methylene chloride exposure every year since 2000. This volatile organic compound is typically used to strip bathtubs by pouring it into the tub and then spreading it across the entire surface with a brush before refinishing them. Many workers' compensation claims involve methylene chloride exposure.

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