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What constitutes an unsafe work environment

California workers are guaranteed the right to work in a safe place under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. As FindLaw explains, this federal statute requires that workplaces be maintained by employers in a manner that poses no known dangers to worker health and safety that could cause injury, illness or death. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration enforces the law by establishing safety standards and monitoring work sites to ensure that they comply with all OSHA regulations.

Common causes of workplace slip-and-falls

Accidents can happen anywhere, but most employees in California believe that their employer will provide a safe working environment. The truth is that accidents happen at work every day, whether due to negligence or situations beyond the employer's control. We at Koszdin, Fields, Sherry and Katz can represent you if you are injured in a workplace accident and ensure that you get the compensation you need to recover completely.

Traumatic brain injuries in the workplace

People who work in a wide-range of industries run the risk of receiving a traumatic brain injury while on-the-job. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 30 percent of all injury deaths in the U.S. involve traumatic brain injury. At least 153 people die from TBI every day. Although brain injuries are most common in construction and warehouse settings in California and across the nation, workers who are employed in offices and other settings may be affected as well. It is crucial that people know how to spot the signs of brain damage and receive medical attention as soon as possible in order to minimize the damage caused by these injuries.

What steps are taken to report an unsafe working environment?

If you see an unsafe situation or you are exposed to a safety risk where you work in California, you have the right to report it to an authority that can get it fixed. This right is given to you through the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. At its heart, this act ensures you the right to work in a safe environment where your employer has removed or protected you from any preventable risks.

Workers trapped in wet concrete after collapse

Construction workers in California know that theirs is a highly regulated industry when it comes to safety on the job site. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration outlines very clear guidelines for what type of safety measures are to be followed and what type of training workers should have for different things. The goal is always to keep employees safe while working in what is known to be a dangerous line of work.

Can I refuse dangerous work?

While following your employer’s instructions is generally a good thing, there are some situations that may require you to break the rules. If you have ever felt that you were in danger during a work assignment in California, you may have wondered what your legal rights were and whether or not your job would be protected if you refused. Here is what the United States Occupational Health and Safety Administration has to say.

California workers should be protected from chemical hazards

Although many workers in California may not be working directly with large vats of chemicals, they may still be exposed to dangerous substances on a daily basis. The California Department of Public Health has a Hazard Evaluation System and Information Service with the goal of preventing workers from being injured or developing illnesses from chemicals.

Spinal fusion claim data released

California workers who experience injuries related to their job duties should always be able to count on workers' compensation to help them financially. Workers' compensation is supposed to provide coverage for medical costs related to injuries and even provide loss of wages benefits. Other benefits may also be available. The range of injuries covered is great and the California Workers' Compensation Institute recently released data about claims for spinal fusion cases.

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