Weather forecasters are predicting California temperatures exceeding 90 degrees for the next few weeks. This leaves many outdoor workers at risk of suffering heat-related illnesses. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has urged employers to comply with heat illness prevention standards. Employers must protect construction workers and other employees who work outdoors from known hazards, one of which is heat exposure.
Federal and state occupational safety and health agencies use one day in June each year to remind employers and workers of the dangers of working on and around forklifts. Carbon monoxide is one of the deadliest workplace hazards because the presence of this toxic gas often goes undetected. On the National Forklift Safety Day, employers nationwide, including California, are urged to refresh safety training to prevent complacency among workers and supervisors.
Safety authorities use one week in June each year to remind employers and employees in the construction industry about the potentially deadly hazards of working in trenches. Even after years of holding the National Trench Safety Stand Down, cave-ins continue to occur. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 75% of the trench-related accidents that claim the lives of construction workers involve wall collapses, which are preventable by compliance with federal and California safety standards.
Each year, a significant number of California workers have been found to have elevated levels of lead in their blood. Although workers' compensation covers their medical expenses, the workers carry lead dust home and put the health of their families at risk. If a recently proposed bill is passed, The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health will have the right to enforce safety regulations in workplaces and issue citations and fines for violations.