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Work-Related Injuries Archives

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.

Many radiologists suffer from lower back and neck pain

In its newest commission workforce survey, the American College of Radiology found that nearly one-third of radiologists may suffer from work-related lower back ailments. Lower back pain can be found across a variety of professions, so workers in California may want to be aware of the trend.

How stand-down events can help keep workers safe

The fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will be occurring from May 7 through May 11. The goal of the event is to raise awareness of workplace safety in California and throughout the country. It is a time in which employers and construction workers are encouraged to take a break and discuss any issues that could increase the likelihood of a fall on a job site.

Improving eye safety for workers

Despite the efforts of national organizations year after year to improve eye protection safety among workers, the number of eye injuries never seems to go down. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has stated that every year, more than 20,000 workers in California and across the U.S. suffer an eye injury. Approximately40 percent of serious injuries take place in the construction, manufacturing and mining industries where flying particles, caustic liquids and toxic gases are a threat.

Tree care employers receive new OSHA guidelines

Tree care workers and business owners in California will want to know about a new OSHA document that addresses five major hazards in their industry. The two-page document, which was published in early February, lays out risk factors, gives employers tips on how to mitigate hazards and provides other resources.

Workplace injuries are common among inexperienced workers

The first few months spent in a new job can be extremely hazardous for workers in California and around the country, according to a study from the Institute for Work and Health and figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Toronto-based IWH found that workers with three or fewer months of experience are three times more likely to be injured on the job, and BLS data reveals that almost a third of the workers who suffered nonfatal workplace injuries in 2013 had less than one year of experience.

Keeping California warehouse workers safe

Falls both from heights and from the same level are among the leading causes of workplace deaths and serious injuries. According to OSHA, 20 percent of deaths and injuries resulting in lost work days occur because of falls. This translates to 345 deaths and 202,066 injuries to workers throughout the country. Warehouse and distribution center employers can take a variety of steps to keep their workers safe from falls.

Workplace fatalities among older workers twice the rate of others

The Baby Boom generation appears to have abandoned the traditional idea of retiring around age 65 -- or they can't afford to do so. For whatever reason, the government estimates that older workers will make up 25 percent of the labor market by 2024.

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