April 2013 Archives

California law requires heat illness education for outdoor workers

Whereas many Americans in northern states are welcoming the approaching summer with open arms, San Bernardino readers might have more hesitation. In the dog days of summer, in particular, temperatures can get far too close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit for comfort. For that reason, many California residents prefer the seasons of spring and fall to the hot summer months.

Hospital Profits From Surgical Errors

Surgeries in the United States cost about $400 billion per year. But, if insurers gave hospitals an incentive to reduce surgical complications, it is likely that number would decrease. The study by BCG analyzed insurance billing data from over 34,000 in-patient surgeries performed in 2010 in the southern United States. Of the surgeries studied, 5.3 percent, or about 1,820 patients, saw at least one complication.

Disneyland employee suffers workplace injury

California readers who have been to Disneyland may have fond memories of the state attraction because of the thrills they had on roller coaster rides. Other tourists to the park may remember taking their picture with their favorite Disney character. Still others may have enjoyed the park for its beautiful landscaping and interesting shopping. Such memories are typical of many visitors' experiences.

Inspectors announce findings about Chevron refinery fire

San Bernardino readers might recall the fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, California last year. Federal officials investigating the accident recently announced some of their findings.

Federal judge consolidates NFL workers' compensation cases

Two months ago, we wrote about a provision in California's workers' compensation laws that qualifies NFL players who played at least one game in the state. Notably, the provision does not require the players to prove that their work-related injuries occurred in the state; rather, they only need demonstrate that an injury occurred during their professional activities, at some point in their career.

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