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Health care workers may need workers' compensation due to hazards

Many people have kind and caring natures. As a result, they may choose to go into the health care field in efforts to help others. While this can certainly be an admirable career, health care workers in California and across the country face many hazards on the job. In some cases, they could end up injured and may need workers' compensation to help cover issues stemming from a work-related accident.

Even just the work environment can pose hazards to workers. For example, individuals can be exposed to hazardous chemicals, like drugs, cleaning supplies and certain laboratory supplies, that could pose serious dangers. They could also face infectious hazards, like being exposed to bacteria, fungi and viruses. On top of that, they also face physical hazards that could lead to injuries, like lifting patients, conducting certain procedures like X-rays or facing workplace violence.

Workers' compensation may be needed by those in welding industry

Worker safety should always remain a top priority. Of course, as safe as workers and their employers try to be, the chance of serious accidents and injuries still exists, especially in certain professions. For example, welding workers face a significant number of risks while on the job, and some may end up in need of workers' compensation.

It may come as no surprise to some California readers that thermal or heat burns accounted for over one-third of job-related injuries in this field in 2018. Because welding workers carry out duties involving heat reaching thousands of degrees, it is important that they have the proper protective equipment and that the equipment is in proper working order. Even if workers have heat-resistant clothing and gloves, if there is a hole in any of that clothing, they could risk serious burns. It is also important that workers do not become complacent and take off their protective equipment because they are hot or think they do not need it.

Officer may need workers' compensation after on-duty car accident

Police officers put their lives on the line and their general safety at risk on a daily basis. Even when they are not responding to dangerous calls, they are still at risk of suffering injuries on the job. Because officers spend a lot of time on the road, they could easily end up in a car accident while on duty and need workers' compensation.

It was recently reported that a police officer in California was injured on the job while on his police motorcycle. The officer and another officer were leaving a hospital on their way to the police station when the incident occurred. A woman was trying to turn her vehicle into the hospital parking lot and hit one of the officers in the process.

Police work is linked to a host of health problems

If you are a police officer in California, you most likely chose this profession, knowing about the many safety hazards posed by careers in law enforcement. What you might not have known are the many ways in which your job can affect your overall health. Research has shown that a variety of ailments, diseases and illnesses correlates with police work.

A professor of epidemiology and environmental health at a university in another state shared his findings on the impact that factors like stress have on the health of police officers. His research shows that the life expectancy of a police officer is significantly lower than that of other members of the population. Along with stress, officers risk the dangers posed by exposure to blood-borne pathogens, radar, lead and methamphetamine during lab raids -- among others.

Workers' compensation delays in California having negative effect

Almost all workers are at risk of suffering injuries on the job. Unfortunately, work-related injuries can cause considerable setbacks for individuals, and in many cases, those setbacks can include financial hardships. Often, injured employees apply for workers' compensation to help offset those financial difficulties, but it is not always easy to obtain benefits.

It was recently reported that injured California workers are seeing significant delays in workers' comp benefits. Apparently, the program does not have enough physicians to act as experts regarding injuries workers have suffered. As a result, workers are waiting months and even years to have their medical evaluations completed in efforts to move forward with the workers' comp process. It was noted that an audit into the Division of Workers' Compensation found that the division did not address the shortage of medical experts and failed to address other issues.

Car crash claims life, leaves others in serious condition

Serious accidents happen on a daily basis. A severe car crash can take place at any time of the day or night, and the circumstances of the incident can vary widely. Unfortunately, injuries typically accompany serious accidents, and some individuals may find themselves hospitalized, in need of extensive medical attention or suffering other repercussions.

It was recently reported that multiple people were injured after a vehicle hit a home in California. Details on how the vehicle left the roadway or what factors may have contributed were not available at the time of the report. However, the vehicle did go airborne and came to a rest on its roof. It was noted that there were at least three people inside the vehicle at the time of the accident.

Workers' compensation: Holiday retail workers face injury risks

During the holiday season, many employees find themselves working overtime and trying to manage the holiday rush, especially those who work in retail. In some cases, individuals may not only feel the strain from the amount of work they are putting in, but they may also worry about their safety in some cases. Unfortunately, employees are still at risk of suffering injuries and needing workers' compensation during the holidays.

California retail employees likely understand how stressful this season can be. They may face large crowds coming in for holiday sales and have to contend with rude customers on a more frequent basis. Of course, safety should always be a top priority, so employers should plan for large crowds by having more staff members on hand and extra security if necessary, having someone in charge of making important decisions, and preparing workers for the risk of violent acts from customers, crowd crushing or otherwise being injured by a crowd.

Workers' compensation: Watching out for hazards may prevent harm

With the holiday season here, no one wants to end up in the hospital due to being hurt on the job. Unfortunately, workplace accidents do not abide by the calendar and can happen at any time. As a result, it is up to California workers to do their best to watch out for hazards. Of course, if an accident does occur, they may need workers' compensation benefits.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has four common hazards that could easily cause serious or fatal injuries to workers. First, nearly one-quarter of serious work injuries are caused by falls in the workplace, and falls are the number one cause of fatalities in the construction industry. A second serious hazard in the workplace is electricity. Even low voltage electricity can pose a risk to workers, and electric shock can have serious or fatal outcomes.

Police officers face more risks than just dangerous people

According to the FBI, 106 police officers nationwide lost their lives on the job in 2018, and in 2017, more than 60,000 officers were assault victims. If you are a police officer in California, you will know the stress that comes with not knowing who and what you will encounter on the next call. Will it be welcoming or threatening?

Each encounter with citizens comes with the risk of being assaulted or even killed. However, as a police officer, people are not the sole source of work-related hazards you must deal with daily. Accidents are the primary cause of death among police officers, many of which are misunderstood.

A truck accident could occur due to many contributing factors

Truck drivers have a job to do, which is why California residents often see so many tractor-trailers on the roads. Of course, knowing that they have a job to do does not necessarily make other drivers feel more comfortable traveling the roads with them. This feeling is understandable, as a truck accident could happen at any moment.

Hundreds of thousands of truck-related accidents happen in the United States every year. Unfortunately, there are many factors that can contribute to these accidents, such as distracted driving, drowsy driving, failing to change speed for road conditions and others. Though driver error does account for many of these incidents, issues with tractor-trailers can also cause problems, and brake failure is the main malfunction-related issue that leads to crashes. Tire blowouts are also a common contributing factor.

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