A California resident does not have to work in a hazardous environment to suffer a work-related injury. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as those caused by a repetitive injury can cause serious -- and even permanent -- damage. There are steps that both employers and employees can do in order to reduce the risk of such injuries.
When most California workers think about what "rehabilitation" means in connection with workers' compensation, it is usually in conjunction with recovering from an on-the-job injury -- such as physical therapy. That is just one definition of rehabilitation when it comes to providing workers' compensation benefits to injured workers. The other definition -- which could be more important to some individuals -- relates to vocational rehabilitation.
A variety of hazards are present in any workplace, and this is especially true for people who work in the industrial setting. These hazards, ranging from rusty pipes to equipment that has not been well maintained, can pose a serious threat to the health and safety of workers in California -- hence the need for workers' compensation benefits. Experts now are pushing for major changes in how industrial safety is regulated and practiced following a workplace accident that occurred in the state.