Most Americans are running on less sleep than they actually need -- and that's a big problem that can lead to unnecessary workplace accidents.
What role does fatigue play in workplace accidents? Probably more of one than you'd expect.
Some occupations are, naturally, more hazardous to your health than others. You wouldn't expect a secretary in an office to have the same risks as a construction worker or firefighter, for example.
This may not surprise anybody who has ever done a stint as a "temp" worker, but temporary work is hazardous.
Should you ever suffer a serious on-the-job injury, you probably expect workers' compensation to quickly step in and give you some medical and financial assistance. After all, that's why the system was designed, right?
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.