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.
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.
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.
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.
You desperately want to avoid injury on the job. It's not just about you. You have a family to support. Money is tight enough as it is, with three kids at home, and you can't spend months missing work. You can't pay high medical bills or lose future wages when your injuries are so severe that you can't go back to your career.
Heat-related illnesses are no joke. They can, in some cases, prove deadly. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can fine companies that do not give workers a safe, healthy place to work. This can include a workspace that is too hot to be safe.
Air pollution and environmental issues have become hot topics over the past few years. Although the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that progress has been made in reducing six of our air's key outdoor pollutants, researchers cannot say the same in terms of having gained an upper hand on the quality of the air that we breathe indoors. In fact, recent data compiled by the EPA suggests that the number of workers that get sick in the workplace may actually be on the rise.
A study was recently published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in collaboration with the National Institute for Occupational Safety (NIOS). It suggests that state agency's new employees are particularly vulnerable to suffering heat-related illnesses during their first days working there.
If you work a physical job, you depend on the strength and dexterity of your hands, arms and legs to complete daily tasks. Suffering a serious work injury could leave you unable to continue to perform your job. In some cases, the reduced function of your limb will be a short-term issue. Once the bone, connective tissue or muscle has healed, you can return to work. In other cases with more severe injuries, you may never fully regain the same strength and range of motion that you once had. In these situations, you may find yourself unable to continue in the same line of work as before the accident.
California workers go to the office every day and diligently do their jobs to earn an honest living. Insurance companies, on the other hand -- while they have a lot of honest workers -- also strategize how they can pay out the least amount of money. This can sometimes get injured workers who file a claim into trouble, if they try to file a claim for compensation and the insurance company identifies a reason why they shouldn't have to pay.