Two California firms on annual 'Dirty Dozen' list

The last week of April, leading up to International Workers' Day, is known as Workers' Memorial Week. Worker's Memorial Week is an annual remembrance of individuals who were killed, hurt or suffered an illness while working at their jobs. Many such workers were injured while on the job in one of the industries that have infamous reputations for dangerous conditions. Nationwide, these types of work give rise to disproportionately large numbers of workers' compensation claims and job-related injuries.

However, not all of the most dangerous companies to work for fall into the categories of traditionally dangerous workplaces. During Workers' Memorial Week, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health or COSH releases an annual "Dirty Dozen" list. The "Dirty Dozen" calls out 12 companies whose safety records have been particularly egregious. What typically lands a firm on the list is a high number of preventable accidents or safety violations or especially hostile work environments.

Of the two California Companies that made it on the list, one is an auto manufacturer, Tesla Motors. Although the company touts itself as futuristic and forward thinking, its working conditions are anything but. They have an injury record that is 31 percent higher than the average among U.S. auto makers. Worse, the companies rate of serious injuries is almost double - 83 percent - the average for the entire industry.

The other California-based company that landed among the "Dirty Dozen" is Dine Brands Global. The Glendale-based firm owns and franchises the IHOP and Applebee's brands. Eight recent lawsuits claiming sexual abuse, sexual assault and threats of violence directed toward employees by managers and coworkers have been filed against the brand. At the same time, there have been more than 60 complaints of workplace sexual harassment and abuse, some by workers as young as 16 years old.

Whether it is an unsafe workplace or a negligence employer, it is important to understand your rights to workers' compensation benefits. These benefits could help offset the financial harm suffered as a result of a workplace accident or injury.

Source: National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, "The Dirty Dozen 2018: Employers who put workers and communities at risk," accessed May 7, 2018.

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