San Bernardino Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Are welding fumes dangerous?

We have gone over an array of dangers that workers in various fields face. However, some professions have certain unique hazards that may affect workers in San Bernardino, and in California’s other cities. For example, if you are a welder, you may want to familiarize yourself with the potential dangers associated with exposure to welding fumes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points out that welding fumes can be especially dangerous. In fact, these fumes often contain manganese, which can negatively affect workers in different ways. While short-term exposure to these fumes can cause memory problems and other issues, long-term exposure may harm the liver, lungs, kidney and central nervous system. Moreover, men who work as welders may struggle with fertility issues and workers may develop manganism, a syndrome which has symptoms similar to Parkinson’s disease. Regrettably, manganese can have an even greater impact on the body when it is inhaled through the lungs, which is common in welding.

Work accidents in the manufacturing industry

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 12 million employees working in the manufacturing industry at the start of 2017. Unfortunately, some of these workers may be hurt in a jobsite accident, which underlines the importance of preventing workplace accidents across all industries throughout the state of California. However, there are a number of safety concerns that are especially common in manufacturing, such as exposure to toxic chemicals and machinery that is not maintained correctly.

During 2015, the BLS says that over 350 workers passed away in a manufacturing accident. Worse yet, this represents an increase in comparison to 2012, when 328 workers passed away, and 2013, when 312 lost their lives. Not only is the loss of life a major concern, but many accidents leave workers with serious injuries. Over the course of 2015, there were 3.8 illnesses and injuries reported for every 100 people who worked in the manufacturing industry on a full-time basis.

Are work zone accidents more likely at certain times?

In order to avoid work zone accidents, as well as all other types of on-the-job accidents, it is vital for employees to develop a firm understanding of the risks they may encounter. Not only do workers need to know the potential dangers they may come across in San Bernardino, and across all of California’s regions, but they should also be aware of other factors that may increase the chances of an accident. For example, the time of week or the time of day may play a role in an accident that occurs in a work zone.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, more deadly work zone accidents took place during 2014 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, in comparison to other days of the week. Moreover, these fatal accidents were more common during May through September than other months of the year. Furthermore, 35 percent of these deadly accidents occurred at night, while 65 percent took place during the day.

Workers’ compensation for repetitive motion injuries

When it comes to workplace injuries, many people think about things such as: broken bones, back injuries, concussions and torn ligaments. While all of these injuries are serious and can result in a workers' compensation claim, there are others that you may be overlooking.

Repetitive motion injuries are more common than many people believe. As the name implies, these occur when you put strain on the same bones, tendons and/or muscles, day in and day out. Some of the most common types of repetitive motion injuries include tendonitis, carpal tunnel and bursitis.

What are some hazards that health care workers face?

On this blog, many of the hazards that construction workers face have been discussed. However, it is important to keep in mind that those who work in all occupations may face certain dangers on the job. If you work in the health care industry, there are a number of potentially risky situations you may find yourself in and it is essential to be prepared. In San Bernardino, and all other California areas, it is also crucial for those who become hurt or ill due to a workplace incident to explore different resources that can help.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention goes over some of the different hazards that health care workers face on a regular basis. In fact, the health care industry has one of the highest rates of non-fatal workplace injuries and illness, according to the CDC. Sometimes, health care workers become sick after catching a contagious illness from a patient. However, there are many other reasons why people who work in this field are hurt or fall ill. Those who work in health care may sustain an injury after being exposed to a dangerous drug or chemical, cutting themselves on objects that are sharp, or because they came into contact with something they are allergic to, such as latex. Moreover, workers may experience severe stress or be subjected to violence.

Many cerebral palsy cases could be preventable with better medical care

A diagnosis of cerebral palsy for your child can change your life, your family and your future. Cerebral palsy is typically the result of either an acquired brain injury or a brain malformation during development. In some cases, there are issues with brain cells moving to the area where they need to be during development. Other times, issues arise due to inadequate insulation and protection of developing nerve cells. However, a substantial number of cases of cerebral palsy are related to perinatal brain cell death. In other words, cerebral palsy develops as a result of a preventable birth injury.

Occasionally, cerebral palsy is caused by lack of oxygen, brain damage or serious infections early in life. Advances in modern medicine make it possible for brain scans to determine when the injury occurred. That, in turn, helps families figure out how to proceed, both legally and medically.

If you suspect that your child developed cerebral palsy as a birth injury, speaking with an experienced California medical malpractice attorney may help. A lawyer can connect you with professionals who can determine if the injury was the result of a birth injury or something else.

Modern medicine offers hope to children with cerebral palsy

Decades ago, a diagnosis with cerebral palsy usually meant a child would have limited options in the future. Medicine wasn't able to do much for children who developed this condition, either due to a birth injury or issues en utero. Thankfully, modern medicine has made some impressive advances for those with this condition.

There are mobility devices that can help accommodate issues with reduced balance or motor function. There are treatments that can reduce pain and help your child develop more independent function. With access to the best care, your child can live a healthy and happy life.

Are scaffolding accidents a major problem?

On this blog, we have gone over a number of topics related to workplace accidents. However, it is important to review some of the specific risks that you may face, given your line of work. For example, if are employed in the construction industry and you work on scaffolding, you should try to find ways to reduce the chances of something going wrong. Unfortunately, many of these accidents occur, and they sometimes prove fatal.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration states that more than 60 construction workers pass away each year, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While the loss of life is a major concern, far more workers sustain injuries in these accidents. In fact, statistics from past years show that 4,500 injuries occur on an annual basis. Moreover, it is estimated that 65 percent of construction workers (more than 2 million people) are required to use scaffolding as part of their job responsibilities.

What are some biological dangers in the workplace?

Depending on your line of work, you may encounter numerous hazards on the job. For example, you may be worried about a traffic collision if you drive a delivery truck, or you could have to keep an eye out for falling debris if you work on a construction site. In san Bernardino, California, there are additional dangers that you should be mindful of, including some which are biological in nature and may lead to a debilitating illness.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, biological hazards take many forms in the workplace. For example, if you work around plants, people or animals, you could risk exposure to a number of potentially harmful dangers, including viruses, bacteria, bug bites, contaminated blood and mold. Furthermore, if you are employed in an environment where animals are present, you may develop an illness due to animal feces.

How many work injuries occur in the public sector?

From construction site accidents to mishaps that occur in office spaces, this blog has covered many of the different types of workplace accidents that leave employees with injuries. While these accidents occur far too often in the private sector, it is also important to understand how many public sector workers are hurt in California, and other parts of the U.S., every year.

During 2015, roughly 752,600 people who work for local or state governments suffered a work-related illness or injury, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While this figure represents a notable decline in comparison to 2014, it is still far too high. With roughly 18.4 million local and state government workers, the prevalence of injuries in 2015 results in an illness and injury rate of 5.6 out of every 100 full-time employees.

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