California workers in all industries are vulnerable to back injuries. These workplace injuries threaten employees from construction, warehousing and transportation industries to office workers and cashiers. However, proper safety training can prevent back injuries, and the responsibility to provide such training is on the shoulders of the employer.
The hazards posed by thunderstorms and lightning don't always receive the amount of attention they deserve. It might not be a danger that California workers face every day, but employers must ensure that workers are prepared for unexpected thunderstorms. Employees who are not familiar with the steps to take to avoid lightning could suffer severe workplace injuries.
For many women, finding out that they are pregnant is one of the best moments of their lives. Unfortunately, an employer may not see it the same way. They may resent that the worker is pregnant for numerous reasons. The employer may not want to pay them during maternity leave. They may worry that the worker will eventually quit to be with their family. They may assume that a pregnant woman will not be able to do her job as well as someone who is not pregnant. They may assume that mothers only care about their families and not their careers.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health mandates that employers must provide workers with the necessary personal protective equipment. Compliance with these regulations likely saved the life of a 25-year-old, newly married worker in Fresno. The man's father and his doctor agree that the workplace injuries he suffered could have been fatal had he not worn a hard hat.