April 2020 Archives

Workers' compensation: Dog bite hazards for postal workers

Employees in all industries in California must deal with safety hazards. Workers' compensation claims show that each occupation poses unique safety risks. Workers in several fields encounter the dangers posed by dogs every day. Data kept by the American Veterinary Medical Association indicates that an estimated 77 million dogs live in just over 48 million homes nationwide.

Many workers' compensation claims follow electrical shocks

Workers in almost all California industries have to deal with electrical hazards, and employers must ensure that safety training includes identification and control of hazards that could cause electrical shocks, some of which could be fatal. Inexperience and inadequate training could have devastating consequences. A significant percentage of annual workers' compensation claims involve injuries caused by electricity.

Workers' compensation: Complacency is a workplace hazard

Some of the most dangerous work environments in California are industrial facilities where workers risk making contact with moving parts of machines and equipment. A significant number of workers' compensation claims involve amputation injuries that were caused by the lack of lockout/tagout devices or the lack of safety training and supervision. Even with all the necessary LOTO equipment, many fingers or other body parts have been lost because workers became complacent.

Traumatic brain injuries can make returning to work difficult

People who suffer a traumatic brain injury may have difficulties when they try to go back to work. It is sometimes thought that they should be able to jump right back into the job they had prior to the injury, but the fact remains that issues can persist long after the traditional healing period.

Many workers' compensation claims cite manual handling injuries

Warehouses pose more safety hazards than many people think. Workers' compensation claims for warehouse-related injuries in California include forklift injuries, slip and trip-and-fall accidents, crush injuries caused by poorly stacked loads toppling over, and injuries caused by hazardous chemicals. In addition, a significant percentage of reported injuries involve lifting and manual material handling.

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