Taxi drivers in California can make enough money to provide their families with a good life, as can rideshare drivers. It is a fast-paced industry that is growing quickly across the nation as more people choose not to own personal vehicles. The earning capacity of such employment is seductive, but these drivers must understand that they may not have full protection when workplace accidents occur.
Almost every occupation in the state of California requires the use of a ladder at some point, even if only to reach a file folder on a high shelf. They come in many shapes and sizes from small step-stools and rolling ladders to enormous extension units and folding platform ladders. Don't let those innocent-looking ladders fool you! These useful mechanisms are full of hazards that could leave you with broken bones or brain damage. In some cases, falling from a ladder may even result in death.
Those of us who live in California are proud of our reputation for growing excellent fruits and vegetables. Our fruit industry is especially prolific thanks to the wonderful weather we typically experience. It is a booming industry that requires many workers, but the orchard industry does pose the risk of suffering workplace accidents such as:
During the Obama administration, a rule was enacted requiring most employers to submit annual electronic reports to the Department of Labor detailing workplace accidents and injuries. Earlier this month, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) struck down that rule. Now, employers must only submit annual summaries of workplace accidents and injuries instead of more comprehensive reports.
You've heard of the dangers of distracted driving. You know that distractions in the workplace can also lead to accidents and serious injuries. Your boss tells you and the other workers to always keep your focus on the task at hand.
A co-worker falls off of an unstable ladder at work and lands on the concrete floor six feet below. It's a relatively short fall and you know they're not in significant danger, but everyone on the floor hears their leg snap as they hit the ground. You run over, knowing they have a broken bone and need assistance.
For workers who have to dig trenches or work inside of them on the job, a collapse is one of their biggest concerns. It can happen in a split-second, and workers can be seriously hurt or killed as they're covered with rock, dirt and debris.
Mining is undoubtedly dangerous work, but some tactics are riskier than others. When you look at stories of previous mine collapses, you can see what methods put miners in harm's way.
Many people assume that you are covered under workers' compensation for injuries in a car accident as long as you are on the clock when the accident occurred. If you get into an accident, you get compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other such costs. It's the same as if you got hurt falling off of a ladder or using power tools.
Three people were hurt in California when a rebar tower apparently collapsed without warning. Reports claim that the tower weighed around 1,000 pounds. While all three people did survive the collapse, the injuries to at least one person are considered critical.