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Workplace injuries are par for the course for firefighters

Citizens of California rely heavily on firefighters and paramedics during emergencies. Not only are firefighters often first responders in natural disasters, explosions, wildfires and other calamities, but they also run into burning buildings. They risk their lives every day to keep others alive, regardless of the workplace injuries they might suffer, and their loved ones are always aware of the fact that they might not come home safely.

Workplace injuries: Heat illness a deadly threat in California

Along with all the usual occupational hazards, this is the time of the year when employees in California have to cope with the dangers posed by summer heat. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health once again reminded employers of their responsibilities to train workers on the hazards of heat illness and how to prevent it. A written list of procedures must be developed and implemented for systems to prevent heat-related workplace injuries or illnesses.

Youth workers vulnerable to workplace injuries at summer jobs

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.

Stand-down aims to limit workplace injuries and deaths from falls

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.

Workplace injuries: YouTube shooting underscores violence threat

According to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, employers in California must provide safe work environments that are free of known hazards. They are responsible for the health and safety of employees and they must prevent workplace injuries. However, the prevalence of violence in workplaces is raising concern because it is becoming exceedingly challenging to protect employees from harm. This was underscored by the recent shooting at the YouTube offices in Northern California.

New rules may limit workplace injuries for housekeepers

Six years after representatives of hotel workers asked the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to create new regulatory standards for the on-the-job hazards that housekeepers in hotels face, their efforts paid off. On March 9, the Office of Administrative Law approved the ergonomic standard that will protect housekeepers from workplace injuries. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health will start enforcement of the new rule on July 1.

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