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Workplace injuries: Cumulative PTSD common for police officers

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that most people associate with soldiers. However, it is one of the most common workplace injuries suffered by police officers nationwide, including in San Diego. While PTSD in soldiers typically follows one brief traumatic event, police officers experience stress every day, taking a heavy toll on them and their loved ones. Their conditions manifest gradually, and it is known as cumulative PTSD.

Musculoskeletal workplace injuries prevalent in construction

Millions of construction workers nationwide, including in San Diego, put their health and safety on the line every day. Their jobs are physically demanding, and the high number of workplace injuries suffered in this industry each year is not surprising. Safety authorities report that the most common injuries that cause construction workers to miss workdays are musculoskeletal disorders that result from material handling and repetitive motions.

Typical causes of workplace injuries

Each industry and every work site in California, including in San Diego, pose unique safety risks. However, the National Safety Council says seven safety hazards are responsible for most workplace injuries. Safety inspectors say housekeeping and the failure to clean up spills and clutter or debris cause injuries in all sectors. The lack of control, management and proper storage of chemicals often lead to chemical burns, skin conditions and respiratory products. This applies to facilities where chemicals are used in manufacturing processes, and also where strong chemicals are used for cleaning purposes.

Workplace injuries involving aerial lifts are preventable

Workers in the construction industry in San Diego face an endless list of hazards. Many of the dangers are known and addressed in the safety regulations prescribed by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. A significant number of workplace injuries -- some of which are fatal -- involve aerial lifts that come into contact with overhead power cables, tip-overs, falls, and instances in which workers are caught between the lift's guardrail or bucket and another object.

Workplace injuries follow exposure cadmium at aerospace facility

On a Monday evening earlier this month, hazmat crews, firefighters and paramedics rushed to the premises of a California manufacturer of aerospace products after receiving calls about workers exposed to hazardous chemicals. An investigation was immediately launched to determine which chemical caused the workplace injuries. Reportedly, 40 people were evacuated after being affected by the irritant, which was not immediately identified, and eight of them were hospitalized.

California firefighter succumbs to workplace injuries

Every year, firefighters in California put their lives on the line to protect the property and lives of others. Sadly, some of these brave workers suffer fatal workplace injuries. The U.S. Fire Administration says more than 50 firefighters have lost their lives so far this year.

What is an ergonomic workplace injury?

Administrative workers in San Diego will likely agree that uncomfortable work environments can adversely affect productivity and also increase the probability of musculoskeletal injuries and eyestrain. For this reason, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health provides guidelines for employers to assist with establishing ergonomically safe workstations to prevent workplace injury. Ergonomics involve adapting workstations and tasks to fit the worker to cause less physical stress that could cause debilitating musculoskeletal disorders.

Are psychological workplace injuries covered by workers' comp?

Employees in San Diego who are employed in high-risk jobs may frequently experience anxiety over the welfare of their families if something should happen that would prevent them from returning to work. They would likely find comfort in knowing that the workers' compensation system will provide financial relief if they happen to suffer physical workplace injuries. However, confusion might exist about coverage for psychological conditions caused by occupational stress, anxiety and emotional distress.

Involving workers in safety planning can limit workplace injuries

San Diego business owners will no doubt be aware that happy and healthy employees benefit the bottom line. Not only do they improve production, but insurance premiums can be kept to a minimum by preventing workplace injuries. Regardless of the industry, injuries can happen in any workplace, and set protocols to identify potential problems may be the place to start. These could include wet spots caused by spills or leaks, and random objects or debris on walkways. Another potential risk in all industries is heavy objects that can cause back problems for those who have to lift and carry them.

California automaker allegedly underreported workplace injuries

Groundbreaking automaker Tesla may soon be in hot water with government agencies for allegedly failing to report incidents where workers were injured. A new report alleged that several serious workplace injuries were not reported to the proper authorities. Tesla denies the claims and said in a press release that the report is an attempt to sabotage the California automaker. 

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