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December 2018 Archives

Workplace injuries include high rate of carpal tunnel syndrome

Authorities in California expressed their concern over the number of workers in the state who are victims of carpal tunnel syndrome. The California Department of Public Health says over 139,000 such cases were reported in the seven years from 2007 to 2014. Ligaments and bones form a rigid tunnel through which tendons and nerves run between the wrist and the hand. The tendons are used to bend the fingers, and the feeling in specific parts of the hand is provided by the median nerve. Repetitive use of the hands can bring about extremely painful workplace injuries.

How often do UPS trucks crash?

Do you ever feel like you see an incredible number of package delivery trucks on the road - particularly during the holiday season? You're not wrong. UPS alone has around 119,000 vehicles. That's an average of 2,380 trucks per state --- though they are, of course, not spread out evenly. Now add that number to FedEX, DHL and other delivery services and the numbers of mid-size package delivery vans crowding our residential neighborhood streets increases every year. 

Some uncommon workplace injuries are compensable

Although the manufacturing and construction industries in California are regarded as the most hazardous work environments, other sectors also pose risks. While struck-by accidents, slips and trips that lead to falls, overexertion, and falls from heights are frequently reported workplace injuries, other not-so-common hazards exist. Lost work time usually means lost wages, which could threaten any worker's financial stability.

Near-miss reporting might limit workplace accidents

Not all employers in California recognize the importance of near-miss reporting. Near-misses are those incidents that could have resulted in serious workplace accidents but did not. Some see them as valuable wake-up calls to hazards that might have tragic consequences the next time they happen. It provides the opportunity to establish preventative measures to make sure there is no next time.

Cashiers are at risk of a painful cumulative trauma injury

Grocery store workers have difficult jobs dealing with people who aren't happy for any number of reasons, including just not wanting to do their shopping that day. When something is out of stock, it can mean unjustified anger toward anyone who happens to be stocking shelves nearby or the person at the cash register.

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