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Why you need to report employee first aid claims

Since January 1, 2017, all California employers carrying workers’ compensation coverage have been required to report any work accident or worker injury where medical care is provided and medical costs are incurred. This includes first aid treatment and “medical only” claims.

Excluded employees under California’s new workers’ comp law

Effective January 1, 2017, California’s law changed with respect to who can and cannot be considered an excluded employee for purposes of workers’ compensation coverage. The major change has to do with executive officers. Cavignac.com defines executive officers as follows:

What is a repetitive stress injury?

For workers in California and all over the country, repetitive stress injuries are exceedingly common. Workers afflicted with these injuries are sometime unable to carry out job tasks, and their quality of life may even be affected. To this end, it’s important to understand the facts on repetitive motion injuries, from what areas are impacted to how they occur. 

How can you prevent fire injuries on construction sites?

As an employer in the Los Angeles construction industry, you likely know that your line of work consistently ranks among the most dangerous. Crews working outside during the summertime may be exposed to even more dangers than normal, particularly from fire. The exposure of equipment and materials to the heat combined with the dry conditions can make for an especially combustible mix. Fires present the potential for devastating injuries and even death, along with the risk of liability claims alleging inadequate safety and suppression measures. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to help protect workers from fires on construction sites.

Goodwill facing multiple safety violations

California employers large and small can come under fire from current employees, former employees and others for alleged safety violations at any time. In some cases, these allegations may even be escalated to and involve the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. When this happens, it is important for companies to remember that they have the right to defend themselves against what may not always be accurate accusations that could threaten the trust of their brand reputations.

How traumatic brain injuries occur

Traumatic brain injuries are a somewhat common occurrence in workplaces across California and throughout the United States. These injuries occur in a wide-range of industries, from offices and schools, to construction sites and warehouses. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that traumatic brain injuries are contributing factors in at least 30 percent of all injury deaths. Brain damage is one of the most common workplace injuries, causing serious dysfunction, loss of production and long-term disabilities.

What is America’s most common workplace injury?

If you work in California’ entertainment, mining, automotive or construction industries, among a multitude of others, you run the risk of suffering what the California Health Care Foundation calls the most common work-related injury in the nation: hearing loss. Costing the nation an estimated $242 million every year in workers’ compensation costs, hearing loss is a highly pervasive problem, but critics have differing opinions about what to do to address the growing issue moving forward.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

While workplace injuries are often associated with high-risk professions, even office workers in Los Angeles face the possibility of injuring themselves at work. Carpal tunnel is one condition that can greatly impact your ability to perform basic work functions, and may even prevent you from holding gainful employment in the future.

Employee rights in high-heat work areas

With summer nearly here, the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration held a press conference to educate and remind employers of the necessary safety steps to protect workers from the rising temperatures. Since workers are most at risk in industries where they are outdoors in the summer heat, Cal/OSHA does targeted inspections during the hotter months of the year on outdoor worksites, such as for construction sites and farms and other agricultural workplaces.

Latino workers face higher workplace death rate

California is typically one of the safest states in the nation, Safety.BLR reports that new findings show Latino workers have a higher risk of dying on the job. Although the Golden State has a fatality rate of “2.2 workers per 100,000, each year, compared to 3.4 per 100,000 nationally,” the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that Latino workers faced a fatality rate of 4.0 per 100,000. There were 903 total deaths of Latino workers in 2015. This is up from 2014 by almost 100 fatalities in one year (804 in 2014).

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