When you're suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, the symptoms can be so severe that you're unable to perform your job duties. You could be feeling numbness in your fingers and hands, pain and other problems that prevent you from typing or using a computer. It might even feel as if there's absolutely nothing you can do to get better.
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.
A 35-year-old forklift driver died in a tragic construction site accident on a recent Monday in Lafayette, California. According to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), the worker was employed by SiteOne Landscape Supply.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some Santa Ana jobs are clearly more dangerous than others. For example, you might be a construction worker who regularly scales great heights in unfinished buildings. You might be a machine shop laborer who is constantly in danger of getting his hands caught up in the machinery. Alternatively, you might be an accountant who operates a computer most the day and is comparatively safer, but an accountant can also get hurt on the job.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined a Sacramento Goodwill more than $100,000 after an employee's head was crushed between a trash compactor and a heavy metal bin in a tragic accident that was entirely preventable.
What types of safety hazards can exist in the workplace? Too often, workplace accidents in California could have been prevented with a few simple steps. If you and your employer are more aware of the types of potential accidents, you can keep everyone safe from industrial accidents or an unsafe working environment.