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The unforeseen consequences of wildfire fighting

You know that your job as a firefighter is one of the most dangerous professions in the world. Risking your life and limb every day to save homes, businesses and forests is respectable and honorable as well as hazardous. You and your associates can face immediate dangers resulting from burns and smoke inhalation while fighting California wildfires, but you may not anticipate some of the lesser-known health risks of this industry.

You may be exposed to toxins from smoke and debris for an extended time while fighting wildfires. According to Wildfire Today, studies have shown that firefighters who served 10 years on a project fire crew were 22 to 24 percent more likely to die from contracting lung cancer, ischemic heart disease or cardiovascular disease than they were before joining a crew. After 15 to 20 years, the risks become even more elevated.

Employers shell out over $1 billion weekly for worker injuries

A recent Workplace Safety Index report published by Liberty Mutual shows that American employers paid out over $1 billion each week in 2015 for workers' injuries.

The report's authors conceded that the overall number of workers who suffered one of the top 10 most serious workplace injuries that year was at least 1.5 percent lower than the 2014 rate. The cost associated with covering employee medical bills, lost wages and other related expenses increased by 2.9 percent from one year to the next, though.

Issues that can cause workplace accidents in California

Safety on the job should be the main goal of every employer. Employees need to be properly trained in all aspects of their job, especially if the jobs are inherently dangerous. There are quite a few issues that could be problematic if not properly handled on the job in California. Those issues could lead to employee injuries and even death.

When employees are not properly equipped for their job they could wind up suffering an injury. Employees should not only be told what safety gear they need but it should also be provided by their employer. This includes helmets, goggles, earplugs, complete bodysuits, gloves, masks and other apparel or equipment.

Falling object injuries in the California workplace

All workplaces in the state of California have the legal responsibility to do what they can in order to prevent workplace injuries. No matter the type of workplace, whether it's an office or a construction site, injuries and accidents can occur.

When injuries do occur that cause an employee to seek medical attention or take time off work in order to recover, it is likely that they will be eligible for workers' compensation. This means that they will be recompensed for any medical bills that they acquired, and they will have a certain percentage of lost wages reimbursed.

What is the Return-to-Work Supplement Program?

When you are injured in the workplace, you might have to spend time in a hospital, and this will mean increased medical bills and lost wages. The law in the United States means that you can be recompensed for these short-term financial damages through workers' compensation.

However, for many injured workers, the immediate aftermath of their injury that they acquired at work is only the beginning. It can mean that they become permanently disabled and unable to work in the positions that they held before.

Tesla accused of underreporting safety issues

Electric car manufacturer Tesla has been accused of underreporting safety issues in the workplace, including known hazards to employee health and wellness. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is now carrying out an investigation to look into the claims.

The problems allegedly took place at the factory in Fremont. Reports claim that Tesla "deliberately" hid safety issues.

Will I lose my job if I report a workplace injury?

If you have suffered an injury on the job, you may be wondering if you should file a workers' compensation claim. Especially if you feel your injury is relatively minor, you might be thinking about not pursuing a claim for a variety of reasons, including the fear that it could affect your employment.

Injured workers in the state of California are protected under the law. Among the rights protected is the right to pursue workers' comp for workplace injuries without facing retribution. You should not let fear of losing your job prevent you from filing a workers' compensation claim.

Responding to a workplace injury in California

Your employer has the responsibility to keep you safe to a reasonable extent. This means that they must always be actively working to identify possible dangers and hazards in order to prevent them from occurring.

Many employees, in the event of becoming injured while in the workplace, become concerned that their injury may in some way jeopardize their position at work, especially because they may need to take leave in order to recover. It is important to understand that as an injured worker, this will never be the case.

What damages can workers’ compensation cover?

When you are injured at work to the point that you have to take time off to recover as a result, you are likely to be eligible for workers' compensation. This means that you will be able to make a claim for certain types of costs that were associated with your injury.

The amount and type of compensation that you may be eligible for might vary depending on the seriousness and the circumstances of your injury. However, you may be eligible for the coverage of medical costs, lost wages and vocational rehabilitation.

Taking action after a work-related brain injury

When working in a high-risk industry, serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries are a rare but possible consequence of an accident. Brain injuries can be the unfortunate result of many different accidents and injuries in the workplace.

Most commonly however, a brain injury is the result of an accident involving a vehicle or from being struck on the head by a large object. In the state of California, working on a construction site presents a substantial risk of being involved in an accident that results in a head or brain injury.

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