The National Safety Council, the renowned nonprofit advocacy group, recently released the results of a fascinating study gauging employee feelings about workplace safety, a truly important topic given that 4,836 people lost their lives in work-related accidents in 2015 alone.
It is important for workers to be familiar with the workplace safety protections available to them. California workplace safety investigators are investigating a carbon monoxide exposure incident at a Northern California construction site in the East Bay area. According to a Division of Occupational Safety and Health representative, the state workplace safety investigators are determining if proper safety procedures were being followed when the incident took place. All three injured workers involved in the incident were taken to local hospitals following the construction accident.
As any California construction worker can attest, the construction industry is fraught with dangers that can cause serious or fatal injury. That is why every company in this industry should make workplace safety its first priority, and most of them do. The California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) sets minimum safety standards for companies to follow that are designed to minimize the risk of injury to workers. Even so, accidents can still occur, and some of them are fatal.
If you're a company manager -- especially a safety official -- for a California enterprise or other business entity nationally, you're always glad to receive an accolade or two regarding your conscious promotion of safe work practices and outcomes for employees, right?
California workers in myriad industries across the state know well that lifting and repositioning objects of material weight poses distinct injury and accident risks.
Let the comment period and public hearings begin.
How would you feel if, as a Central Valley worker, you knew that a required drug test automatically awaited you in the event that you suffered an on-the-job accident or illness? Even if you wouldn't mind such an outcome, do you think that a blanket drug-testing rule in your company might preclude some other workers from coming forward to report accidents or dangerous workplace conditions?