One of our recent articles included a discussion of recent OSHA rule changes. Sometimes, what seems like a relatively innocuous administrative change in a federal organization could result in significant changes in strategy for state personal injury attorneys. That is why, at Kampf, Schiavone and Associates, we make a point of keeping up with everything that could affect your case: California workers’ compensation case law, state statutory changes, U.S. workers’ laws and all of the changes within the relevant federal administrations.
Every injury is unique, with costs that go far beyond the economic burden of lost work and medical expenses. While the pain and suffering of accident survivors are significant and deserve compensation, the economic losses are considerable in and of themselves.
In another article on this blog, we took a look at a tragic event on the San Bernardino roadways and the potential legal questions arising from it. However, while the roads have the potential to be very dangerous, there are often hazards in our daily lives that we tend to overlook or dismiss as unavoidable.
When people arrive at work in California each day, they have the right to work in an environment that is free of hazards. Employers should take adequate measures to train employees on how to properly use equipment and machinery to mitigate the risks that are inherent in specific jobs. Additionally, they should strive to create an environment where people are respectful of each other and understand the repercussions for behavior that is not in line with company standards and protocols.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was designed to help keep workplaces safe. You probably have had some OSHA training regardless of where you work in California because OSHA oversees all types of workplaces. You may wonder, though, just how effective this agency really is at preventing accidents and keeping people safe at work.
Construction workers across California have inherently dangerous jobs, and thousands of them suffer on-the-job injuries every year. While working from heights, working with power tools and working on scaffolding all pose injury risks for construction workers, so, too, does working in trenches. In fact, working in trenches or on excavation efforts is one of the most dangerous tasks today’s construction workers perform.
People who have been involved in a workplace accident involving a sharp blow to the head, may suffer from a brain injury. Whether a worker fell victim to a slip-and-fall accident or had a falling object land on his or her head, the damage may be long-term. Brain injuries occur when a sudden jolt causes the soft brain tissue to hit against the hard skull bone, causing brain bleeding, tissue inflammation and bruising. The damage may be apparent immediately or could take several days to show. It is crucial that employees understand the signs and symptoms of brain injury so they can seek immediate attention.
Employees sustain injuries for many reasons while working, whether they slip and fall or are injured due to malfunctioning equipment. However, traffic can be especially dangerous for some workers, even if they are not required to drive a vehicle as part of their job duties. Pedestrian accidents can occur in many different fields and leave employees with severe injuries, or even claim their lives. If you have been hurt in a pedestrian accident that took place while you were working, you should know your legal options as you try to recover.
California employees do not get up in the morning expecting to find themselves caught up in a workplace accident later in the day. In fact, most of you likely feel fairly safe at work. Even construction workers, who have one of the most dangerous jobs on the planet, can often get so used to the risk it does not feel quite so risky anymore.
When it comes to electrical shocks, one easy equation to remember is that water plus electricity equals a nasty electric shock. California workplaces should keep their employees safe from water related electric shocks. Without proper safety standards and worker awareness, an unwary employee could become the victim of an unfortunate workplace electrical accident.