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.
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.
There is a dark side to working in the landscaping industry: people get hurt. And they get hurt, often very seriously, in a variety of ways.
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.
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.
Accidents can happen in any place, at any type of job. A security guard in Riverside learned that painful lesson in 2013 when a reversing forklift ran over his leg, leading to amputation. After years of surgery and legal action, a jury awarded him $17 million in response. The Riverside case shows not only that workplace accidents are covered, but just how severe they can be.