Some of the best paying jobs are also the most dangerous. Many times, the reason certain jobs pay well is because they require specific skills or have an increased risk of bodily injury or even death. However, it's important to understand that workers in any industry can sustain serious injuries. Head injuries, as well as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), can happen to just about anyone at work.
Summer in California brings a lot of youth workers to various industries, one of them being agriculture. However, the workplace safety burden is on the employer because many young workers believe they are invincible, and the last things they likely worry about are potential workplace injuries. Considering that they are typically not well trained for the jobs they do and often work unsupervised while being exposed to dangerous equipment make them exceptionally vulnerable.
There are countless reasons why people may find themselves working in the United States without adequate documentation. Perhaps they came to visit family and then ended up staying to make a better future. Maybe they belong to an ethnic group or religion facing persecution in their country of origin. Whatever the cause of their undocumented status, these individuals usually work hard to support themselves and their families.
The construction industry holds a week of stand-down action nationwide -- including in California -- at this time every year. Between May 7 and 11 this year, large and small companies -- not limited to construction -- will once again spend the time to make a concerted effort to prevent falls that lead to many workplace injuries and even fatalities. The goal is to increase safety and promote compliance with safety regulations. This will be the fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.
After years of working your job without any serious issues, one day there's an incident. Maybe inclement weather causes visibility issues, or perhaps a machine malfunctions while you are close by. It's even possible for a mistake by a co-worker to quickly result in an accident that causes you a serious injury. Suddenly, you're faced with the potential of not working for several weeks or even months while you recover. That can leave you worried about your ability to meet financial obligations and provide for your family.