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March 2019 Archives

Cal/OSHA investigating workplace injury to palm tree trimmer

As California palm trees grow, the older fronds are typically removed when they turn brown. This is a dangerous task, and many palm tree trimmers have suffered severe injuries while working at heights often exceeding 25 feet. When the dead fronds are cut or pulled off, other fronds could collapse onto the worker. The excessive weight of those fronds could trap the worker and cause suffocation.

California considers increasing penalties for hospital assaults

Healthcare facilities can be emotionally unpredictable workplaces. Tensions can run high as the workers inside rush to save lives and prevent further catastrophes from happening to the victims. As a result, healthcare professionals are at a high risk of being assaulted by patients or the people accompanying them.

Workers' compensation covers illnesses caused by insect stings

Outdoor workers in California are often exposed to insects of various kinds, and some may not be aware of the health risks insect stings pose. Even workers who experienced no adverse effects for years could develop allergies to certain types of insect venom and might need to seek financial assistance through the California workers' compensation program. Although mosquitoes are often regarded as the most prevalent insect sting threat, the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology says honeybees, wasps, hornets, fire ants and yellow jackets also pose significant risks.

Health care workers risk their health to tend to others

A Safe Patient Handling Conference is planned in another state, but nurse aids, nurses, orderlies, physical therapists, occupational therapists and emergency medical technicians in California face similar risks and deserve the same attention. Reportedly health care workers nationwide file more claims for musculoskeletal injuries and chronic back pain than workers in any other industry. Safety authorities say the primary cause for lost workdays and benefits claims is unsafe handling of patients, and this will be the focus of the conference.

Will fewer workers' compensation claims follow new act?

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Wildfire Management Technology Advancement Act. The goal of this law is to provide better protection for firefighters nationwide who are only too familiar with the threats posed by wildfires, and it will also limit workers' compensation claims. Authorities say that 14,000 firefighters battled fires in California during the past summer. Although wildfires in California are not unusual, five firefighters lost their lives during fires over the past year.

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