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March 2017 Archives

Do you work with scaffolds? Here's how to stay safe

Most California construction workers have a lot of experience working on scaffolds. As such, if you work at a construction site, you've probably helped assemble scaffolding and used it to carry out your job responsibilities. Due to the prevalence of their use, it's probably not surprising that scaffold-related injuries are some of the most common among construction workers.

Understanding an Injury and Illness Prevention Program

Each employer in California is required to maintain an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) to protect employees. However, some employers either do not take time to keep properly informed of the plan, or fail to create one altogether. If you are unsure about the nature of your employer's IIPP, or if you believe that you employer''s existing IIPP is insufficient, an experienced attorney can help keep your rights protected.

Workplace illness is a workplace injury too

Despite the disheartening news coverage that the elder care industry has experienced in recent months, there are many employees throughout the industry who care deeply for the people they serve, often to their own detriment. Working in an elder care facility comes with many implicit health risks, leading to a surprisingly high rate of workers' compensation claims. Many of these injuries and ailments can be avoided with some preventative measures.

Workers may refuse to work under certain conditions

When you're in the middle of a dangerous situation, it can be difficult to know exactly what to do. An important part of safety is being prepared to take the proper steps when things do inevitably go wrong, especially when you work in an industry with elevated risks for danger. If you are in a dangerous situation, you should always put your safety first. If a situation seems dangerous, it's possible that it is even more dangerous than you might think, and it is always best to avoid injury if possible.

Employee responsibilities and airborne contaminants

As a construction employee, your employer has the responsibility to keep you safe from a number of potentially harmful substances and situations, including airborne contaminants. The methods for controlling exposure vary, but the underlying premise is the same for all employers — all employees have the right to a reasonably safe workplace. In some cases, it may not be possible to completely avoid all contact with airborne contaminants, but your rights to safety should not be subject to convenience. If you feel that your rights are being violated, an experienced attorney can help you determine if your employer is caring for his or her employees appropriately.

5 things for teachers to know about repetitive motion injuries

Teachers are under a lot of stress to meet certain benchmarks set by legislators. Often, teachers put their own health on the back burner while they try to meet these marks so they can continue to make a difference in the life of each child.

Are stress-related ailments also work-related?

Working a high-pressure job is well known to correlate to high levels of stress, which are becoming more and more linked to numerous physical ailments. If you have experienced one or more ailment associated with stress on the human body, you may qualify for workers' compensation for a work-related illness.

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Making a false or fraudulent workers’ compensation claim is a felony subject to 5 years in prison or up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.

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