Practically every day, all across the state of California, men and women suffer injuries while they are performing the duties of their jobs. Some of those injuries are relatively minor, such as small trips that result in stubbed toes, or minor cuts from boxes or papers. However, some individuals are involved in serious workplace accidents that leave them severely harmed and unable to continue to do their work.
An accident at work can be a difficult event to get through. Not only may a California resident experience pain and suffering from the injuries they sustain through their accident, but they may also suffer stress and economic loss when they cannot do their job and provide for themselves and their loved ones. In the end, an on-the-job incident may leave a person with physical trauma, economic loss and emotional suffering.
Accidents at construction sites and other locations where heavy machinery and equipment are used can be traumatic and life-threatening. When San Mateo residents think about work-related incidents their minds may immediately drift to accidents happening in these types of environments. Although serious worker injuries do occur in areas where construction and industrial work are done, serious incidents can affect workers in offices and other indoor places of employment.
There are many construction projects underway throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and residents of San Mateo may see new developments popping up as they commute through Northern California. Just across the water, a large construction project is in the works in Freemont that drivers can see from Interstate 680. Unfortunately, however, that project was also the location of a dangerous accident that caused three workers to suffer injuries.
Construction workers put their skills and experience to the test each day that they arrive at building sites. Because of their hard work, individuals throughout San Mateo get to move into new and renovated homes, get to open their businesses in new structures, and get to see their communities grow through new building projects. However, despite improvements in construction site safety and required protocols for keeping these workers safe, accidents are common at construction sites.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a federal entity that promulgates rules and regulations regarding how workers should be protected from the many forms of harm that they may encounter at their work sites. The various states, including California, may adopt their own protective standards to address the safety needs of the men and women who work within their borders and not surprisingly, the California State Plan under OSHA covers more forms of harm than the federal standards.
A number of regulations are in place to keep California construction workers safe when they are on the job. Those regulations can involve, for example, the use of safety equipment to ensure workers' protection from worksite dangers and the need for special training to teach construction workers about the hazards they may face while performing their duties. However, despite the presence these and other regulations, construction workers in California still suffer debilitating work-related accidents. A recent incident in the state highlights this fact.
While driving down California roads in the summer, motorists may commonly come across signs that ask for drivers to slow down their driving speed as they are entering a work zone. Unfortunately, when they don't adhere to those signs, work zone crashes take place and people end up injured, or even worse, dead.
Readers of the San Mateo Injury Law Blog may have come across a post late last year, outlining the injuries sustained in a work accident on the California high-speed rail construction site. Two workers were hospitalized and a number of others were injured.
As mentioned previously on this blog, it is an employer's duty to create a safe working environment for its employees. However, since it may not be possible to remove all hazards from a workplace, it also falls upon an employer to warn workers about dangers they are exposed to and give them training on how to minimize workplace injuries. When an employer is negligent in performing this duty, a catastrophic workplace accident may be the result.