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Repetitive motion injuries: What is tendinitis?

One of the most common repetitive motion injuries is known as tendinitis. This condition comes about as a result of doing the same motion over and over again on a daily basis without rest. Any worker -- even an office worker who uses a computer mouse and keyboard every day -- can contract debilitating tendinitis.

Here is a little bit more information about tendinitis that every California worker should know:

  • Shoulders, elbows and biceps are some of the most common areas where someone can suffer from tendinitis.
  • Tendinitis relates to the chronic inflammation of affected tendons.
  • Men tend to have tendinitis more than women.
  • The place where tendons become inflamed is usually at the insertion site where they connect to the bone.
  • Tenosynovitis is similar to tendinitis. It happens where tendons pass through a lubricated sheath at the muscle's insertion point. With too much motion and not enough rest, this sheath can become chronically inflamed, resulting in tenosynovitis, which is treated in a similar way to tendinitis.
  • Sometimes, carpal tunnel syndrome involves tenosynovitis.

Is your construction job on the "most dangerous" list?

Any field in the construction industry has its hazards. Some workers, such as roofers, have a higher risk of falling from a dangerous height. Electricians face the possibility of electrocution on a regular basis. Excavators might find themselves under constant threat of a trench collapse. Since a construction accident might be waiting around any corner, many employers have to carry workers' compensation insurance.

In the construction industry, there are certain professions that are more dangerous than others. Is your Santa Ana construction job on the "most dangerous" list?

5 workers hurt at a high speed rail construction site near Fresno

A serious accident happened at a massive high speed train construction project north of Fresno late last month. The incident left five workers injured after a tower fell over. Two of the workers needed hospital care for their injuries. The California Highway Patrol said that the workers' injuries were moderate and the worst of them may have involved a back fracture.

According to the CHP, they were continuing their investigations into the incident because the accident happened on state property. The CHP says that a tower constructed out of steel rods came tumbling down in the incident. Cal OSHA has also given their explanation of what happened, saying that rebar fell down and five employees were hurt. Cal OSHA is investigating the extent and nature of the injury portion of this case. Once a Cal OSHA investigation begins, the agency will have another six months before it must file its decisions and any citations regarding the matter.

What should railroad workers do after a workplace injury?

Railroad workers receive a special kind of protection in the event of a work-related injury. These employees are protected under the Federal Employers Liability Act, which is also known as FELA. However, in order to protect their rights to receive compensation after a workplace injury, railroad workers need take several important and necessary steps.

The first thing railroad workers need to do is to file a workplace injury report with their supervisors. This involves giving information regarding the injuries and the causes and factors that led to them. It's important to file this document as accurately as possible because it will be used later in your claim process to evaluate the extent and nature of benefits you can receive.

Did your husband die in a construction accident?

Imagine your husband has spent the last 20 years going to his job at California construction sites -- day in and day out. He has never suffered a serious injury, not even a scratch. As a painter, the risks of his job are minimal, but at his last construction job, he complained of unusual working conditions that worried you.

Tragically, last week, he went to work and he didn't come home. An accident happened while he was working on a scaffold, painting a hard-to-reach area. The scaffold was old and rickety, he slipped and his harness failed. The unspeakable event claimed his life and now you, your children, his family and friends will be attending a memorial service in his honor.

Why can't firefighting contractors sue the state of California?

Countless California workers and their families rely on the state's workers' compensation program to provide money to pay for medical care and death benefits in the event of an on-the-job accident. However, one category of worker -- who risks his or her life for the community -- cannot get workers' compensation or sue the state of California for benefits relating to an on-the-job event. This person is the firefighting contractor.

When someone works as a private contractor to help the state of California fight wildfires, and is injured or killed on the job, no legal recourse is available. The reason is because of a law from 1963. The law dictates that neither private contractors working for the state nor public agencies will be liable in the event of a firefighting injury. As a result of the law, family members of a man who died while operating a bulldozer in the course fighting fires in 2016 had to drop a wrongful death suit they filed against the state.

99 percent of NFL player brains have injuries

A study has examined the donated brains of NFL players and other football players. Among the 202 brains of football players that scientists examined, 87 percent showed signs of brain damage. Meanwhile, among the 111 belonging to National Football League players, 99 percent showed brain damage.

These statistics are staggering and worrisome, but the authors of the study have stated that the results might not be indicative of the true risks involved. The study was published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

8 common factory and construction accidents

There are some kinds of factory and construction accidents that happen against and again. Most of these accidents don't result in serious injuries. However, when circumstances are unlucky enough, these incidents can result in death.

For this reason, workplace managers and workers need to do everything they can to avoid the following types of common on-the-job accidents:

  • Electrical and plumbing accidents: Water and electricity don't mix, but sometimes it's unavoidable to have electric lines running through wet or damp areas at a site that's still under construction.
  • Construction site accidents: Construction sites are full of opportunities to get hurt. If it's a roadway construction site, oncoming traffic poses a risk. If it's a multi-story building project, there are numerous fall hazards. Then there are numerous heavy tools and machinery that workers are using -- and workers need to be careful.
  • Industrial equipment accidents: If you're using a saw, a power sander, a jackhammer, a pile driver or some other piece of heavy equipment on the job -- you need to be very careful to follow all safety procedures or you'll risk getting seriously hurt.
  • Assembly line and factory accidents: Workers can get their arms, fingers, hands and clothing caught up in assembly line machinery. These incidents happen quickly and easily and can lead to disastrous injuries.

Frequently asked questions about construction accidents

If you've suffered a serious injury in a construction accident, you'll want to know what you can do to get money to pay for your doctors' bills. You'll probably have a lot more questions about your legal rights and options as a construction accident victim.

As such, consider reading the following questions, which could help you while you're healing.

3 risks that increase the likelihood of developing carpal tunnel

If your work involves typing at a computer -- and the majority of professional jobs do these days -- you might think that you work in a safe environment. However, everyone who sits in front of a computer all day is at risk of developing a host of potential injuries -- carpal tunnel syndrome being one of them.

Pain, numbness and an inability to type or use a mouse are some of the worst results of this illness, which happens as a result of pressure on the "median" nerve in the wrist. The pressure can happen from swelling which causes the nerve pathways to get smaller, interfering with nerve communication. This can result in a worker not being able to perform his or her job duties.

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