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August 2015 Archives

Workplace injuries: Untrained new worker loses 4 fingers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration say some of the safety violations that are most often cited nationwide, including in California, are due to the failure to install safety guards to protect workers from moving machine parts and implementing procedures to disable machines during maintenance. OSHA recently cited a company in another state for such violations. Because of the possibility that these issues could cause workplace injuries, the agency previously cited the same facility for similar violations in 2010 and 2014 and placed the company in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

Workplace illness: Several workers hospitalized for heat illness

California workers -- especially those working outside -- are extremely vulnerable during the summer months. Heat illness can be fatal, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported that one worker has already lost his life to this workplace illness this year. The agency urges workers to keep a lookout for symptoms of heat illness in fellow workers.

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