Construction work is not without its risks. Working outside, working from high locations and working with heavy equipment can all create potential hazards. Safety precautions and safety training can protect workers in many situations, but accidents remain an ever-present danger in California. Workplace injuries can result from these dangers.
Employment in California and across the country is up. Many of those jobs are in the service industries, including restaurants. Service employees have a right to expect a safe place to work. A San Diego taqueria does not appear to be meeting that expectation and that has resulted in workplace injuries.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a painful condition affecting the hand and wrist. It is caused by the compression of a nerve that is located in the wrist. The condition causes pain, tingling and numbness in the hand or wrist. Workplace injuries may result from repetitive motion activities.
Construction work poses many risks and is considered dangerous work in California. With adequate safety training, appropriate safety gear and safety procedures, many workplace injuries are preventable. Failure to adhere to safety regulations can result in tragedy. Such a failure may have contributed to the tragic death of a California construction worker.
Construction is big business in California. Whether residential or commercial, recent improvements to economic growth indicators have boosted investor confidence and this has resulted in a boom for construction. Firms are making use of apprentice programs in an attempt to keep pace with demand. While apprentices are expected to learn while on the job, it is also expected that they receive training to make them aware of all safety regulations and safety procedures that may apply. When employers fail to take the time to ensure their employees are familiar with safety regulations and policies, this can lead to unnecessary workplace injuries.
When workers in California report to work they have a right to expect that they can conduct their jobs safely and return home at the end of the workday. In a recent incident in California, this was not the case. A company has been cited for safety violations related to an outside billboard that caused workplace injuries.
Construction work carries with it inherent risks in California. Precautions are taken and safety rules and regulations are put in place in an attempt to reduce the risks. Workplace injuries, sometimes fatal, still happen.
There are many food processing companies in California and other states. Workplace injuries do occur in these plants but some of the highest injury rates occur in poultry processing plants. An employee of one such plant was getting ready for work on a poultry processing line. Machinery on the line malfunctioned and resulted in an unfortunate accident.
Workers in the hospitality industry in California who work as housekeepers in hotels and other accommodation facilities now have an extra layer of protection that was absent before. Because of the excessive number of victims of workplace injuries in this industry, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health revised regulations for injury prevention. The updated rules became effective on July 1.
Workplace accidents and injuries are a reality of life in California. Accidents happen and cannot always be prevented, that's why they're called accidents. That said, if safety rules are not followed to the letter at a worksite, tragic workplace injuries can result. Such was the case in a deadly accident in Rancho Santa Margarita.