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May 2018 Archives

The catastrophic costs of traumatic brain injury

If you receive a traumatic brain injury as the result of a California car crash, slip and fall, or workplace accident, you face not only the possibility of serious and long-lasting physical and mental disability, but also the catastrophic medical and rehabilitation costs that accompany it. A TBI occurs when your brain becomes injured to such an extent that it becomes dysfunctional in some manner.

Workers may benefit from startup's wearable safety bands

MākuSmart is a startup based in Des Moines that specializes in software platforms that can help keep workers safe. Employers and workplace safety managers in California, as in the rest of the U.S., may benefit in particular from the company's new wearable technology, which is a band worn by workers that records all environmental data in the workplace, automatically reports all near-misses and identifies unsafe trends and areas

Construction falls can have devastating results

Construction falls can be some of the most dangerous and costly workplace injuries suffered by California workers. Overall, the construction industry can be a common source of workers' compensation claims, and falls from elevated surfaces constitute a particularly prominent sector of those claims, amounting to 30 percent of all construction-related workplace injuries. The Nationwide insurance company notes that it has processed over 10,000 claims in the past five years related to construction accidents and is involved in providing safety training and awareness programs to help reduce the likelihood of falls at construction jobs.

Ways to keep workers safe during dangerous tasks

Individuals who perform hot work in California or elsewhere throughout the country could be putting themselves in danger. Hot work is an activity such as welding or burning that can cause a fire or explosion. To prevent injuries or deaths related to hot work, companies should consider avoiding it whenever possible. At the very least, a hazard analysis should be conducted to identify and remedy issues before work starts.

National COSH ranks 12 most hazardous workplaces

Workplace safety advocates in California will want to know about the 2018 "Dirty Dozen" report given by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. National COSH releases these reports annually to show what companies have the most unsafe work environments.

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