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Emissions of toxic chemical dust can cause workplace injuries

Federal and state safety authorities prescribe strict regulations to protect workers nationwide, including California, from the dangers posed by combustible dust. All chemical manufacturing plants mix hazardous compounds, and employers must protect employees from known hazards that could cause workplace injuries. They must comply with specific and general safety standards.

Workplace injuries: Valley fever threatens California workers

Workers in California who are exposed to dust in areas in which valley fever is endemic are vulnerable to be infected by the airborne Coccidioides immitis fungus. It typically infects the lungs to cause valley fever, but it could spread to other tissues. When this happens, the condition is called disseminated coccidioidomycosis. Fortunately, infected workers have the same rights to workers' compensation benefits to cover medical expenses and lost wages as those who suffer other workplace injuries.

Can they fire you to prevent a workers' comp claim?

You're working outside, on a busy construction site, when you get hit by a vehicle driven by another worker. They have to rush you to the hospital. You have serious spinal injuries. While you do hope to recover in time, you know that you're not going back to work on Monday. It could be weeks or months before you even consider working again. It may never happen.

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