Workers' compensation claims show some common hazards exist

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health requires employers in all sectors to protect their employees from known risks. While each workplace has its unique safety issues, some common hazards exist, regardless of the industry. Safety authorities say a significant percentage of workers' compensation claims result from accidental falls or workers who are struck by falling objects. Proper personal protective equipment like fall harnesses can prevent falls, and hard hats can prevent head injuries.

Fire hazards exist in all workplaces, and frequent fire drills can ensure that all workers are familiar with the locations of fire exits and extinguishers. Electrical dangers do not threaten only engineers and electricians, but also those who operate power tools. Even office workers can suffer electrical shocks if extension cords are used irresponsibly or if power points are overloaded.

Workers in factories, offices, construction sites and other environments can suffer repetitive stress injuries if they repeat the same hand, arm or shoulder motions for hours on end, and taking frequent breaks can mitigate that risk. Chemical exposure is another risk that can be present in any facility. Regardless of whether chemicals are manufactured or used in production or cleaning, workers risk ingesting or inhaling it, and absorption through the skin can occur. Appropriate PPE can protect workers from toxic chemical hazards.

California victims of work-related injuries might find comfort in knowing that the state-regulated insurance system will have their backs. The program typically covers medical expenses and lost wages, regardless of who was at fault. However, navigating the benefits claims process could be a daunting task, and many injured workers choose to utilize the services of an experienced workers' compensation attorney to assist with the administrative and legal proceedings.

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