Construction workers in California face dangerous situations whenever they are on a construction site. Those working on scaffolds are exposed to multiple hazards at the same time. Every year many workers are hurt – and some lose their lives – in scaffolding accidents. The dangers were underscored by a recent accident on the job that tragically injured one and took the lives of three other construction workers in another state.
Workers in California who feel threatened by dangerous conditions in their work environments are entitled to lodge complaints with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). If they believe that their employers are disregarding safety regulations and exposing them to known hazards, they may request OSHA investigations. Disgruntled McDonald's employees reportedly filed complaints against the company, claiming current safety standards are contributing to workers' injuries.
Following the recent deaths of two workers in the tree trimming industry, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration decided to address the issue in a bulletin that outlines the various hazards to which tree trimmers are exposed. This is an effort to reduce the number of workers' injuries and fatalities. According to OSHA, too many workers in California and elsewhere lose their lives in avoidable workplace accidents.
California workers who are involved in the cutting and trimming of trees face a multitude of risks in their line of work. Unfortunately, some employers and tree trimmers fail to comply with the standards set forth by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA). Some employers do not inform employees of the risks involved, and workers may be left unaware of potential hazards if proper safety training is not provided. Such ignorance may lead to a workplace injury or worse.
California employers must provide workers' compensation insurance for their employees. While workers are mostly aware of the hazards they face in their line of employment, they may be unsure of the level of compensation they may expect should a workplace injury occur. Not knowing how the workers' compensation system works may cause anxiety for workers and their families.