Workers in the recycling industry in California and around the country are twice as likely as other American workers to be injured on the job. While some of these injuries may require only minor treatment, many others are far more serious in nature. A report released on June 23 reveals that 17 recycling workers were killed in workplace accidents between 2011 and 2013, and researchers from the University of Illinois were joined by environmental and safety experts to see what could be done to reduce this number.
Health care workers, especially nurses, in California and throughout the country will receive additional resources and support from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. To address workplace injuries in the health care industry, which experiences a higher rate of reported injuries than any other general industry in the United States, OSHA announced that it intends to expand its National Emphasis Program on Nursing and Residential Care Facilities.
Many workers in California are exposed to the risk of animal or insect bites as a result of their occupations. In outdoor working environments especially, animals and insects may pose threats to workers. Employers should carefully identify all potential threats so the risks can be minimized.
Workers who utilize handheld power tools as a part of their regular job duties are at risk from suffering vibration injuries over time. Such vibration injuries can lead to a loss of feeling in the hands, a lessening of the ability to grip and other debilitating problems. Vibration injuries may also cause lower back problems and other associated issues if the injury is a whole-body one.
As some residents of California may know, of the number of occupational health problems related to work in the Manufacturing Sector, hearing loss is the most common. According to a recent survey, only severe hearing loss was considered to be statistically significant, and the number of hearing impaired individuals due to work-related issues may be considerably higher if lower levels of impairment were considered.
Many people are seriously injured or killed in workplace fall injuries every year. These injuries occur across industry types, with the highest number of fatalities coming from the construction industry. Health services, wholesale and retail workers together comprised the greatest number of nonfatal fall injuries while at work.
California workers should know that career-ending injuries may happen in nearly any line of work. Accidents in the workplace may occur at even the most safety-conscious businesses, authorities say. The most common workplace accidents can cause back injuries, spine damage and debilitating pain in the joints. Although many on-the-job injuries are minor, some workers become financially crippled by their work-related injuries, suffering lost wages, costly hospital bills and the cost of rehabilitation and recovery.
California is renowned for its sunshine, fertile land and temperate climate. The state has just about anything a person could want, from mountains to deserts, and oceans to amusements. The long summer season is great for people wanting to soak up a few rays or enjoy a day out on the water, but that same warm California sun can be deadly for people whose work makes them vulnerable to heat-related workplace injuries or illnesses.
A recently released joint study performed by researchers at the University of California (Davis) and Old Dominion University shows that the majority - 77 percent - of all on-the-job injuries suffered by agricultural workers are unreported. With no input about the "real" number of injuries, statistics relied upon by federal and state agencies aimed at gauging workplace safety could be grossly skewed.