What happens when workers in California suffer injuries that aggravate pre-existing conditions? Are they eligible for workers' compensation benefits? Although the state-regulated insurance program was established to provide financial relief to cover medical expenses and lost wages, some exceptions exist regarding how and when the injuries were suffered. The first requirement is for the victim to be a legally employed worker.
Workers in various industries all face some of the more common hazards. For employers, knowing what these are can help them to improve employee safety. It is necessary for everyone to embrace the culture of workplace safety.
People maintain their vehicles in an attempt to ensure that they are safe to drive. Major parts of a vehicle, such as the brakes, are checked frequently to ensure that they will work properly when needed. Heavy equipment that is used in agriculture also requires maintenance and monitoring to ensure that it remains safe and performs as intended in order to avoid workplace accidents. A recent equipment failure resulted in the death of a worker in California.
Construction work is not without its risks. Working outside, working from high locations and working with heavy equipment can all create potential hazards. Safety precautions and safety training can protect workers in many situations, but accidents remain an ever-present danger in California. Workplace injuries can result from these dangers.
Employment in California and across the country is up. Many of those jobs are in the service industries, including restaurants. Service employees have a right to expect a safe place to work. A San Diego taqueria does not appear to be meeting that expectation and that has resulted in workplace injuries.
Utility workers in California strive every day to maintain the power grid that provides power to people in the state. The troubleshooters in particular face dangers every day in responding to problems with transformers, power lines and other components of the system. Dealing with such dangers can result in workplace accidents.