A trench collapse can end a construction worker's life very quickly. Cave-ins can happen without any warning -- and the dirt is often so heavy and deep that successful rescues are rare.
Underground construction requires workers to face dangerous working conditions on a daily basis. One of the dangers is the occasional failure of employers to require workers to follow safety regulations. A fatal construction accident in August of 2018 in the Twin Peaks Tunnel rehabilitation project demonstrates just how dangerous such work can be.
The debate over the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in California involved many "pro and con" arguments about the effect of legalization on the state's population. One issue that was not debated at length was the hazards involved in making the drug itself.
When a California worker is injured on the job, the employer's first concern is usually the amount of workers' compensation benefits that it may be required to pay. Because workers in California cannot sue their employers for on-the-job accidents, employers often overlook the actual cause of the accident. An agency in the California Department of Industrial Relations was created to ensure that employers were held accountable for their failure to remedy unsafe working conditions. The agency's formal name is the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, but it is better known as Cal/OSHA. Cal/OSHA frequently investigates the cause of industrial accidents, and it has the power to issue fines for safety regulation violations.
The California Department of Industrial Relations includes an important agency that is responsible for ensuring workplace safety. The formal name of agency is the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, but it is informally known as "Cal/OSHA" in a nod to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Cal/OSHA is responsible for many tasks, but none is more important than the investigation of workplace accidents and the enforcement of the state's workplace safety laws.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is appealing an administrative law judge's decision regarding how it chooses to cite employers for safety violations.
The federal Occupations Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, has proposed some guidelines regarding the reporting of workplace accidents which have caused some consternation among some employers, particularly those who would like to conduct drug and alcohol tests after an accident.
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.
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.