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Were you hurt in your airline job?

If you work for an airline, you know that your job comes with various stresses and dangers that are entirely unique to the job. If you get hurt as a result of job conditions as an airline employee, rest assured that California's workers' compensation laws have you covered. You can pursue financial compensation to pay for your medical care and time spent unable to work.

Did one of these airline employee injury scenarios happen to you?

  • Flight attendants are lifting heavy objects all day and they are walking around in airplanes that are subjected to turbulence and other destabilizing forces. As such, back injuries and other injuries are common from falls. Shoulder, neck and back complaints could also develop as a result of constantly lifting heavy luggage.
  • Baggage handlers are also doing a lot of heavy lifting every day on the job. This can result in knee, neck, shoulder and back complaints. After putting bags on conveyer belts day in and day out, this job can really take its toll on the body.
  • Ground service employees who maintain airplanes and perform other equipment maintenance tasks also subject themselves to a lot of risks. There are many moving parts and vehicles in and around the work areas of these jack-of-all-trades employees and numerous opportunities to get hurt in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Runway workers who are often fueling planes with dangerous jet fuel are at risk of getting hearing damage and also may suffer from neck and back complaints.
  • Finally, you can't forget office workers. Although working in an office seems relatively safe, the sedentary work can result in numerous back and neck problems. Carpal tunnel syndrome could also develop from using a keyboard all day.

Is your job causing you to have high blood pressure?

Every day it seems like the pressure at work is mounting, right? Things go from bad to worse, you can't ever keep up, and everything is a big "cluster jumble." All you can do is your best, to get the most necessary things done so that your entire company doesn't collapse.

It's not a coincidence that we use the term "pressure" to describe job stress. Any doctor will tell you that the level of stress and pressure you experience at work can have a direct effect on your blood pressure.

7 deadly causes of forklift accidents

Forklifts are extremely dangerous and risky to have in any workplace. This is because they are being used in and around other workers who are walking on foot. Forklifts are heavy, they move quickly and they can crush unsuspecting pedestrians, killing them or causing catastrophic injuries in a heartbeat.

Because of the risks associated with forklift use in workplaces, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has created strict regulations for training forklift operators and for governing the way forklifts may be used. However, catastrophic accidents still happen, and here are the seven ways they usually do:

  • As a result of poor driver training, many forklift operators don't know how to react in different, potentially dangerous, job-related circumstances that may arise.
  • As a result of driving a forklift too fast after the operator becomes overly comfortable with the ease of driving a forklift and navigating obstacles. OSHA recommends that operators never exceed 5 miles per hour.
  • As a result of carrying too heavy a load, forklifts can become off balance and even flip over, causing serious injuries to passersby.
  • As a result of bad turning technique, a forklift could flip.
  • As a result of failing to provide warnings and markings that indicate the areas that forklifts drive, and where forklifts could be present and in operation, pedestrians might not be on alert for these dangerous machines.
  • As a result of irresponsibly letting another worker ride on a forklift, or ride on a load being carried by a forklift. This is exceedingly dangerous.
  • As a result of choosing the wrong style of forklift for a particular job, dangers could be increased for employees.

Avoid heat stress by following federal guidelines

As the summer heat continues to get hotter in Santa Ana, it's important for California employers to take action to prevent their workers from suffering from heat stress. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration offers clear guidelines for how employers can keep their workers safe.

All employers should follow these OSHA rules when they have workers completing tasks in hot weather:

Scaffold accident prevention

Any California construction worker who regularly uses a scaffold to perform his job duties is risking life and limb every time he or she climbs up on top of a scaffold. Indeed, human beings were not meant to fall from heights of multiple stories, and if the worker loses his or her balance, it can result in catastrophic injuries.

Because of the grave dangers associated with scaffold use, the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA) has created strict rules and regulations that apply to scaffold use at construction sites. This article will highlight the two most important areas covered by these regulations:

  • Design and construction: The construction and design of all scaffolds need to be in alignment with OSHA requirements. These requirements cover the type of equipment, its rated capacity, the way it's constructed and how it's being used. For example, all scaffolds have to be able to hold their own weight, and quadruple its intended load. In addition, suspension ropes have to support six times their intended load.
  • Inspection: The other area of importance relates to the regular inspection of scaffolds. A competent person must be specifically assigned to the task of inspecting scaffolds before each shift. This person needs to look for visible defects and other dangers associated with the scaffold. The person also needs to inspect personal protection equipment to be used with the scaffold. Any damaged equipment must be removed and/or repaired immediately.

How many amputations happen on the job?

An amputation is one of the most severe injuries that can happen on the job. The impact can be life-changing. You may never work in that profession again. Even with quick medical help, you may not fully recover.

Is an amputation something that you need to worry about at work, or is it such a rare occurrence that you don't really need to concern yourself with it?

5 reasons workers fall

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 798 workers fell and died in 2014. The same year, 261,930 employees were hurt so badly that they missed work due to falls. That's not even counting minor falls that could result in pain and discomfort that employees worked through.

Clearly, falls are a huge issue. They're one of the leading causes of injury and death in the workplace. Why do they keep happening? Below are five reasons.

Back pain may qualify you for workers' compensation

Do you have back pain because of something that happened on the job? Or is the daily pain you feel simply the natural result of aging, something everyone has to deal with as they grow older?

You and your employer may not see eye-to-eye. You may look at your daily tasks and contend that bending, reaching, lifting and repeated motions are causing the pain. Your employer may say that you're just not 21 years old anymore and you need to get used to being in the older half of the workforce.

Cliff collapse happened right after inspection

Construction workers were on a job site near the Pismo Beach Pier, working by the cliffs, when a rebar cage gave way. Rubble cascaded down the side of the cliff and buried the workers. Though they survived, five of them were injured.

People nearby were playing volleyball and enjoying their time outside when they saw the collapse. They ran over and helped to dig the workers out. They were crushed under rocks, plywood and rebar.

How do I report unsafe working conditions?

Employers must always be vigilant for the well-being of their workers, no matter how apparent the possible hazards. This is why the State of California's Occupation Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) is ready to help with any concerns about workplace safety.

If you are concerned that conditions may result in a workplace accident, especially one resulting in injury, consider reporting these conditions to Cal/OSHA.

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