January 2020 Archives

Workers' compensation benefits run out, but chronic pain persists

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently reported that California workers at the Amazon fulfillment center in Fresno appear to face exceptionally high injury risks. Analysis of OSHA records shows that 307 occupational illnesses and injuries were reported at that facility in the twelve months from June 2018 through May 2019. The agency further reports that the injury rate at this fulfillment center is triple the rate of injuries in this industry nationwide, which is reflected in the number of workers' compensation claims.

Will workers' compensation cover FHP?

Technological advancements have brought about a brand new injury said to be caused by using tech gadgets. Forward Head Posture (FHP) is caused by using tech gadgets like tablets, phones and other devices. While FHP is common among teenagers, it is also developing into an occupational hazard. Workers whose jobs require the frequent use of handheld devices might have questions about how the California workers' compensation system will handle claims for injuries caused by excessive strain on vertebrae in the neck and spine as a result of FHP.

Workers' compensation: 2018 preventable workplace death toll up

According to a report issued by the California Department of Industrial Relations, the number of work-related deaths in 2018 was 422 -- compared to 376 in 2017. Too many families have to turn to the workers' compensation insurance system for financial assistance each year. A spokesperson for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health says not enough is done to keep workers safe.

Roof falls cited in many workers' compensation claims

A significant number of workplace accidents in California involve the lack of adequate safety standards. Roof workers often rely on their employers to provide the necessary fall protection. Unfortunately, not all employers prioritize employee safety, which is likely reflected in the number of workers' compensation claims that are filed each year.

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