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.
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.
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.
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.
Holiday season often mean bonuses for workers, and, if they are working at stores that have slashed their prices to attract customers, there is an added bonus of using the employee discount to get great gifts for loved ones. But, when a retailer does not take the necessary steps to protect their employees in crowded stores, the only gift a worker might get is a workplace injury and ensuing medical bill.
California residents may continue working for a number of reasons-some may enjoy their work while others may need to keep working because of economic difficulties. Given the current economic trend, more and more elderly people find that they have to keep working to make ends meet. Following the trend, the retirement age for people across the nation has gone past 65 years of age, which means a number of elderly people are working at a time when they are mentally and physically not as able as their counterparts. This could be the reason why there is a higher fatality rate in elderly workers than in younger people.
The weather may seem like it is cooling down in California but for those working outdoors, the weather continues to pose a health risk. When workers, such as those in construction jobs, spend an elongated time outdoors and exposed to the sun, they run the risk of contracting sun stroke or other dangerous conditions. Recognizing the risk, California lawmakers have placed obligations on employers, forcing them to take steps to reduce the risk and avoid occupational illness.
There are certain occupations that are inherently dangerous. Construction workers, police officers and firefighters are put in harm's way on a daily basis. Yet, these are not the only workers who can be subjected to a workplace injury. In fact, even those who work in what many would consider boring office jobs can be seriously injured, leaving them with the need for medical care and time off from work.
When California residents think about workplace injuries they may instantly conjure images of construction workers falling from scaffolding, factory workers being crushed by machinery or drivers being hurt in car accidents. While these instances are certainly real and common, they are not, by any stretch of the imagination, the only instances in which an individual can suffer a workplace injury.
Anyone who has ever operated a motor vehicle understands that becoming involved in a car accident is a risk of the roadway. While some accidents are the result of unavoidable weather complications or road conditions, some accidents are the result of negligent drivers that might be distracted or under the influence.