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.
The roads are not the only place where truck drivers can face workplace dangers. While traffic accidents are one of the types of on-the-job accidents that can strike truck drivers, there are also various non-driving settings in which harmful work accidents can occur for such drivers. This includes when a truck driver is: getting in or out of their vehicle, unloading/loading their vehicle, moving containers and walking around their workplace. Types of injuries accidents in these settings could involve include overexertion injuries and slip/trip/fall injuries.
The list is long.