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Keep your hands safe with the right gloves at work

Depending on the type of job you perform, your hands could be exposed to a lot of dangers on the job. As such, you will want to know what kinds of gloves to use and when. Fortunately, the following gloves are available for just about every kind of workplace hazard you might encounter:

Kevlar: These gloves are resistant to cuts and abrasions while resisting cold and heat.

The unshocking truth: How to prevent electrocution

Most construction workers find themselves at risk of electrocution at some point in their jobs. Even if you don't work with electrical wires you could be at risk of electrocution if you use power tools -- especially while performing your job duties outdoors.

Fortunately, you can avoid most electrocutions and other electrical accidents by playing it safe and following some common sense advice.

Hard hats: They save lives

Hard hats are kind of like seat belts for a lot of Santa Ana construction workers. Everyone knows they save lives, but they're not very comfortable, they don't look "cool," and sometimes workers don't feel like putting them on. However, every time you take your hard hat off on the job, you're risking life.

There's a reason why hard hats are a legal requirement at Santa Ana construction sites. Statistics from 2012 show that 65,000 on-the-job head injury cases required workers to spend time out of work. Also in 2012, 1,020 workers were killed as a result of on-the-job head wounds.

Belt and disk sander safety advice for construction workers

Virtually every piece of machinery you use at a construction site comes with risks that could cause you to suffer an injury. Belt and disk sanders are no different. Some of the most common complaints related to these devices involve serious skin burns.

Let's take a look at some important tips that all users of belt and disk sanders can employ to ensure that they do not get hurt on the job:

  • Wear safety glasses or goggles at all times when using sanders and make sure they have side shields.
  • Keep your work area clean and free of debris.
  • Connect a dust extracting system to your sander. This dust can be hazardous to your health.
  • Make sure fire extinguishers are nearby in case friction results in a fire.
  • Test the sanding belt before use to ensure it's tracking in proper alignment.
  • When using disc sanders, the side of the disk that goes downward is the only side you should use.
  • Use a strong and sturdy table to support what you're working on.
  • Check for a torn sandpaper disk or a torn belt before using the sander.
  • Never wear loose clothing, jewelry or neckties when operating a sander. Also tie back your long hair so it's out of the way.
  • Use clamps to secure the piece you're working on when possible.

What if my loved one dies on the job?

If you're like most American households, you wouldn't be able to pay for your home and all your other expenses with just one income alone. As such, both you and your husband or wife need to work full-time jobs or you would fall into a very difficult financial situation.

However, what if your spouse's job is a dangerous one? If he or she gets seriously injured at work, what will happen to your family if your spouse can't work due to injuries, or worse, what if your spouse is killed?

Simple home remedies for carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a repetitive use injury that many California office workers suffer from. In many cases, it's also preventable, curable or treatable without surgery. Sometimes, all that is required is rest and time spent away from work. Whatever the solution your doctor prescribes, you may be able to pay for it via a successfully navigated workers' compensation claim.

In the meantime, for workers who have yet to contract a serious case of carpal tunnel syndrome that requires doctors' care, a few do-it-yourself lifestyle and home remedies are available:

  • Be sure to take plenty of breaks while typing and using your computer.
  • Consider starting an exercise program, especially to lose weight, as obesity has a correlation to carpal tunnel.
  • Stretch and rotate your fingers, wrists and palms regularly while working.
  • Take some ibuprofen, aspirin or naproxen sodium. These can help alleviate your symptoms temporarily.
  • Wear a wrist splint made for people with carpal tunnel. One that isn't too tight but snug.
  • Don't sleep on your hands as this can aggravate the problem.
  • See a doctor if the pain and difficulty persists.

Examples of unsafe working conditions

California employers are always trying to get as much out of their workers as they can, while spending as little as possible at the same time. This combination can result in dangerous working conditions when an employer tries to cut corners by not spending the money required to keep their premises safe. This can result in serious injuries to workers.

Employers in California have a legal responsibility to provide a healthy and safe work environment so their employees do not face unnecessary risks while on the job. Nevertheless, it seems that some employers fail to fulfill their legal responsibilities in this regard. Here are some examples of common workplace dangers, for which employers could be liable:

Can pro sports concussions lead to traumatic encephalopathy?

We've been hearing it for a long time: Professional athletes are at risk of developing serious health consequences related to concussions. When an athlete suffers repeated -- even minor -- concussions over an extended period of time, the athlete can develop numerous health problems, including cognitive difficulties, extreme depression and suicidal tendencies.

Doctors are now looking to solidify the link between concussion and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disease that looks something like Alzheimer's.

Common examples of construction accidents

At Leviton Diaz & Ginocchio Inc., we represent injured workers in their workers' compensation claims to help them receive the just compensation and benefits they deserve. In carrying out these efforts over the years, we have helped victims of a wide variety of on-the-job accidents.

Here are examples of the common types of accident claims we represent:

56-year-old California construction worker dies in accident

No two jobs in California are the same. Each comes with unique responsibilities, but more importantly, each comes with its own share of risks. Even an office job can be dangerous in some respects, but few jobs compare to the perils associated with working at a construction site. There are too many variables, too many climbs up onto ladders and scaffolding and too many power tools and pieces of heavy machinery for a hard hat-wearing worker to ever be completely safe from the threat of a fatal accident.

Recently, a Bel-Air Estates construction site was the location of such a fatal on-the-job accident. A construction worker suffered catastrophic injuries in what the Los Angeles Fire Department said was a "significant medical emergency" at approximately 12:20 p.m. Although local firefighters rushed to the scene, rescue workers pronounced the man dead at the scene.

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