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Understanding the "Fatal Four" in Construction Accidents

Construction can be an inherently dangerous industry to work in, and employers that put workers in potentially hazardous situations should take every precaution to protect them from being injured or killed while doing their jobs. However, throughout the nation and right here in California, construction workers suffer harm from four types of accidents: falls, electrocutions, getting caught between walls and machines, and being struck by objects. These four types of incidents are known as the Fatal Four in the construction industry and account for more than half of all construction site deaths each year.

What is chronic pain and how does it develop?

Pain can last for a short period of time or it can endure for months or even years. When a California resident suffers from pain that lasts for at least three months, their soreness may be classified as chronic pain. Chronic pain can develop from a number of causes, some of which are related to workplace accidents and injuries.

What is an occupational illness?

Any California resident who has suffered from a bout of the common cold may be able to generally describe what an illness is. Most may claim that an illness is a condition that affects a person's body due to the invasion of a bacterial or viral element into them. Different illnesses may cause individuals to suffer different symptoms, but in most cases the illnesses that individuals pick up in their daily lives resolve themselves without significant medical intervention.

An employee has rights when it comes to OSHA regulations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, better known as OSHA, is a governmental regulatory body that maintains standards for the safety measures that employers provide to their workers. Through OSHA a California worker has rights and a mechanism for pursuing help when they suffer a preventable workplace injury or accident.

Spinal cord injuries can result from falls

As mentioned previously on this blog, construction site falls are among the most common type of workplace accidents. This means a common workplace injury is a spinal cord injury as falls account for more than 15 percent of all spinal cord injuries.

Do workers have any rights in the workplace?

When employers in California are tasked with creating a safe workplace for their employees, this not only includes detecting and removing possible workplace hazards, but also informing employees of them through trainings, labels, alarms and other methods. They should also keep an accurate record of work-related injuries and illnesses, and provide them to workers when needed. However, this is not the end of the matter. Employers have obligations, and employees have certain rights that they can exercise.

Common construction site injuries

The construction industry is an integral part of the economy, but it is also the cause of millions of injuries annually. According to the CDC, construction workers experienced 9 percent of the 3.3 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses reported in 2009. Twenty-two percent of the injuries could be attributed to falls, but given the nature of the industry, there are a number of causes for construction site accidents.

Don't deal with your workplace injuries alone

An accident can take place in any work setting-it is not necessary that construction sites be the only place where workplace accidents take place. What is necessary that an employer creates a safe working environment for employees and if they are unable to do so, informs the employee of the inherent dangers and how to avoid or minimize them. When their failure to do results in a safety violation that causes a workplace injury, it is an injured worker's right to pursue a workers' compensation claim.

State takes measures to reduce workplace injuries in hotels

When people go to a hotel, they expect a certain standard of service, with clean bedrooms and bathrooms, but often do not realize the physical cost this has on hotel housekeepers. Hotel housekeepers have an overwhelmingly high rate of workplace injuries, due to the nature of their job, and there was a lack of framework in place to protect them in California until recently.

Learn about your legal options after a workplace injury

Even though most California residents spend more time at work than they do at home, they rarely consider the fact that they might get injured in the workplace. Whether working in an office or at a construction site, hazards of various types exist in the workplace and it is an employer's duty to ensure their workplace is either free from risks or that employees are aware of those dangers and how to avoid them.

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