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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.

What is crush syndrome?

Los Angeles workers like you who are surrounded by heavy equipment or machinery all day are at an increased risk of dealing with crush injuries. While some mistakenly believe that freeing people immediately from being pinned or crushed is the best course of action, that may not be the case. In the end, it might actually do more harm than good.

Most notorious slipping hazards at the workplace

When a California worker clocks in and starts their day, the last thing they plan for is a slip and fall accident. While California itself may not be notorious for icy walkways, that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of chances for workers to slip and injure themselves.

AP: movie set accidents often go unreported

We often think of the moviemaking industry as glamorous and fun. And it is, to a degree. But behind every film we see on the silver screen, there are hundreds of workers, many of whom put themselves in the line of fire (both literally and figuratively) to bring these blockbusters to life. Of course, most movie sets are closely monitored and kept as safe as possible, but that doesn't mean that accidents don't happen.

Workplace accidents and OSHA

Industrial environments are not always as safe as they should be. Heavy industries like construction and manufacturing can be dangerous for employees because of the working conditions. Although it is the employer's duty to make sure the working conditions are safe, employees must also try to stay protected and perform the duties carefully. In case a workplace accident takes place, there are several factors that are considered when deciding who is at fault. The government has several laws to make sure employees are provided with safe working conditions. Employers must abide by these rules or face severe consequences.

Scaffold-related accidents at construction sites

It is the employer's responsibility to provide a safe workplace for his or her employees. However, construction sites still end up witnessing accidents. Different types of building equipment and machines are used by the employees on construction sites. One such structure is the scaffold. Scaffolds are used regularly on various construction sites every day throughout the country. It is estimated that around 2.3 million people work on scaffolds.

Suing employer after an accident is rare, but it can happen

One of the first reactions that many people have when they are injured on the job is "when can I sue my employer for this incident?" While there are cases where you are allowed to do that, if you are covered by workers' compensation (and nearly all workers are) then you probably won't have the ability to sue your employer. Workers' compensation functions as a "no fault" system. Thus, you essentially give up your ability to sue your employer on the condition that they supply you with workers' comp.

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