Working below ground is an unusually dangerous occupation. From miners to pipeline construction workers, the earth presents a constant hazard to anyone who descends below the surface. One of the biggest risks is the uncertain nature of the surrounding soil. Some soil deposits are naturally stable and present only a small risk to workers, while other types of soil are inherently unstable and threaten the worker with a high risk of collapse and injury or death.
Some workplaces pose more risks than others. Certain industries are inherently dangerous, meaning workers are aware that they could encounter various risks in the work environment. While safety precautions are taken, this does not always prevent injuries from happening.
In California, it's not workers employed in manufacturing or construction who run a higher risk of workplace injuries. Rather, those employed in health care actually are at greater risk for workplace injury than construction or manufacturing workers. Fortunately, health workers may be entitled to compensation if they become ill from an incident on the job or suffer a workplace injury.
In many cases, it is quite obvious that a Stockton, California, employee suffered a serious injury while on the job. Although there may be other issues with getting workers' compensation benefits, there is rarely any way to deny in good faith that the injury took place at work, which is one of the prerequisites for getting benefits.
Compared to the sheen of neighboring communities in the tech industry boom, Stockton is a blue collar town. As such, local employees are aware of the dangers that come with thankless jobs like industrial labor, factory work and construction. These jobs shape the culture of our community in obvious ways. But, is there something or someone unseen among this work?
Recently on this blog, we discussed how several Tesla employees suffered repetitive stress injuries while on the job. These workplace injuries may seem relatively minor, but, they can, in fact, be quite serious. They may require extensive surgery, a medication regimen, and an extensive amount of time in rehabilitation. Other on-the-job injuries, such as scaffolding and ladder falls, can leave a worker with serious injuries. While trying to recover their health, these individuals can find it hard to make ends meet. After all, while they are unable to work, they are unable to earn a wage.
Innovation drives new jobs and fresh market demand. For workers, this opportunity can provide the chance to learn new skills, but it can also cause unanticipated stress. In California, this exact sentiment is being felt by workers at the Tesla plant in nearby Fremont. Although the facility is called the "factory of the future," its workers have not been able to avoid the industry's history of stress and injury.
Workers' compensation benefits are available to help workers and families harmed in a construction accident. A construction worker was recently killed in California and another worker was also injured in the same construction accident and had to be taken to a local medical center. The worker who was killed was a married father of two and had been working for 15 years for the construction company that was working to clear a land slide at the time of the accident. The 54-year old victim was noted as a "beloved" and "well-respected" member of the construction team he worked for.
Upset patients, deadly diseases, and infected needles may appear to be the biggest threats to nurses but the most common cause for workplace injuries is heavy lifting. Back injuries are so common that nurses rank among the top professions that suffer from musculoskeletal disorders, coming in right alongside freight and stock laborers.
One sad reality in the American workplace from a national perspective is that the competitive bidding process for federal contracts has arguably not done enough consistently to identify and weed out bad-faith bidders that seek to profit at the expense of more conscientious companies.