Practically no one expects to get hurt at work; the perception is that is what happens to other people. But, you may find someday that it happens to you. If you are injured at work there are some things you need to understand. First, work place injuries can happen in two ways under California law. First, an injury can be termed "specific" in nature; for example, when a person is injured falling off of a ladder that is a specific injury. Alternatively, an injury may develop over time; such an injury is referred to as a cumulative trauma injury. For example, a beverage delivery truck driver who moves heavy kegs over and over for a long period of time might develop cumulative trauma to his/her low back or some other body part from the repeated heavy lifting. Often, such claims reveal themselves through chronic pain which does not stem from a particular injury event.
A trench collapsed last week while workers were installing a sewage line at a Portland, Oregon home, burying a 27-year-old man, Portland firefighters said. The man died as a result of the collapse, according to OR-OSHA. The man had been working at the bottom of a trench that was 11 feet deep, 3 feet wide and 70 feet long. The worker had been outside the protection of the shoring system when the trench caved in. (Oregonian and Cal-OSHA Newsdesk.)
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.
A 51-year-old California man was killed while working on a construction project along eastbound Highway 68 in Salinas. The fatal accident occurred when a 50-year-old driver hit the utility worker near Corral de Tierra Road a little after midnight on Oct. 30. The worker, who was employed by Bay Area Traffic Solutions, was declared dead at the scene.
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.