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Year: 2021

Pinch points in factories can do a whole lot more than pinching

Factory workers in Irvine and across California could suffer catastrophic injuries in the blink of an eye. Without the necessary guards and other safety precautions, workers’ body parts could be caught between objects, or they could somehow become entangled in moving machine parts. Although some incidents cause nothing more than lacerations or bruises, crushed or …

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The dangerous work of tree removal after fires in California

Those responsible for trimming and removing trees in Irvine and elsewhere in California put their lives on the line every day. The typical hazards of their jobs are exacerbated when they work in fire-damaged areas. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health requires employers to protect employees from known risks. However, it is essential …

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How much do you know about the risks posed by Valley Fever

How much do you know about the risks posed by Valley Fever?

Employers in California, including those in Irvine and elsewhere in Orange County, are responsible for the health and safety of employees. That includes the duty to inform workers of potential health risks like Valley Fever. How much have you learned about it?   What is Valley Fever? Coccidioides is the fungus that causes Valley Fever. …

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Are hotel room attendants at risk for musculoskeletal disorders?

When it comes to occupational injuries, it is not only workers in construction, manufacturing and industries like transportation who are constantly at risk. Hotel room attendants and other workers in the California hospitality industry have daily tasks that cause accumulative damage to their health. Some see musculoskeletal injuries (MSDs) as an unavoidable part of the …

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Involving workers in hazard identification can prevent accidents

Occupational injuries happen in all industries. As a result, more and more employers in California recognize the benefits of involving workers in hazard identification. Does your employer involve workers in maintaining a safe work environment? Too many preventable accidents happen due to a lack of communication between employers, supervisors and employees. Sharing the responsibility for …

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Heat illness can kill but it is preventable

California workers in various industries are vulnerable to suffering heat illness. If you work in construction, landscaping, agriculture, utilities, transportation, grounds maintenance, utilities, or the oil and gas industry, your risk for suffering heat illness is high. Although it could be deadly, heat illness is preventable. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health prescribes …

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Sexual harassment includes offensive behavior in various forms

Sexual harassment is rampant in workplaces nationwide, including in California. However, not all workers understand that this type of harassment can take on many forms. It could even involve one person being sexually harassed by a colleague of the same gender.   Examples of behavior that is prohibited Verbal conduct Making insults, jokes, slurs or …

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Protecting California workers from heat stress

While Southern California might be known for having a temperate climate, workers could still be subjected to extreme temperatures. Workers outside can face relentless sunlight and 100-degree temperatures as the summer months progress. Additionally, conditions inside can become stifling due to lack of air circulation and heavy physical labor. No matter the scope of your …

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Some workers fear reporting violations of their rights

For workers in California, the fear of losing their jobs or facing other retaliation might prevent them from reporting violations of their rights. However, the law is on their side. It is a good idea to become familiar with the available steps they could take should their rights ever be violated. The law protects employees …

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Understanding suspension trauma can save lives of fall victims

If you are a construction worker in California, you and your co-workers will likely join construction workers across the country in participating in the National Safety Stand-down to prevent falls in construction from May 3 to May 7. Hopefully, the campaign will pay some attention to the importance of preventing suspension trauma in the event …

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