Tree trimming can be a potentially dangerous job for workers in California or elsewhere around the country. Such factors as high elevations, power equipment and live power lines all contribute to a high risk of workplace accidents. An investigation of two employee deaths that occurred in 2016 has led to charges against the owner of a La Quinta tree trimming company for fraudulent activities.
Millions of workers report to their jobs every day in California and all around the nation. While many hours are worked safely by employees without incident, there were almost 3 million workplace injuries and illnesses in 2016, according to statistics. Despite the fact that this number appears high, it actually represents a decrease in reported incidents over the past year.
Farmworkers in California are getting older, and as they grow older, they're more likely to get hurt. The simple fact of aging -- no matter who you are or what kind of job you perform -- will increase the chances of developing an on-the-job injury. However, when it comes to a 10-hour shift hauling heavy bags of veggies and performing other farming tasks, the likelihood of injury is higher, especially if you're in your late 40s, 50s and beyond.
Employees in all industries in California are exposed to a variety of safety hazards unique to their occupations. However, some dangers exist across the board, and all workers are vulnerable. Workers' compensation claims show that certain workplace injuries occur more frequently, and they can happen in offices or construction sites alike.