Workplace injuries occur in the United States at an alarming rate that most people rarely consider. The typical California employee goes to work on a daily basis not expecting an accident to happen that will result in their own injury, but the truth is that any day at work in certain occupations can result in any worker being injured. Injuries can stem from a wide variety of situations ranging from coincidental accidents to negligence by work associates to negligence by employers. And in specific industries that are notoriously dangerous, fatalities are not unusual.
All manufacturing plants have detailed safety programs regarding employee interaction and movement along with specific housekeeping requirements. However, the atmosphere can be contaminated as well in certain manufacturing facilities. Exposure to hazardous chemicals is actually a very common workplace injury, and it is vital to use all safety precautions and equipment provided by the employer in avoiding workplace accidents due to chemical exposure.
California is also a prime location for construction projects, many of which can be very dangerous work environments when massive cranes are being used along with extensive scaffolding where workers are in elevated work situations. Construction accidents actually produce more fatalities than any other occupation in California, and the number of injuries is very significant largely due to a variety of work conditions and location factors.
One positive aspect of recent OSHA statistics is that the total number of work-related fatalities has been reduced by half since 1970 when the agency was established specifically to reach this long-term goal. The best rule for all employees in any occupation in avoiding a work injury is to always be safety conscious first and take any measures recommended by employers to avoid a potential mishap. And remember that in certain occupations, this is actually an issue of life and death and not just physical well-being.