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Winter Storm Brings Dangerous Driving Conditions

Adobe Rose7.jpegAround the nation, California winter is often dismissed as mild and pleasant in comparison to either the upper Midwest or East Coast. In reality, devastating storms can decimate the state as weather systems generated over the Pacific Ocean and high atop the mountain ranges collide across the state. Snow storms, mudslides and powerful straight-line winds can destroy property and injure - or even kill - California residents.

In the highly-populated communities of Southern California, the heavy winds and rain can make even a simple drive deadly.

Ototoxicity - Hearing Loss in the Workplace

Adobe Rose6.jpegMost people equate hearing loss with a loud environment such as those centered on construction equipment or industrial machinery. Unfortunately, a chemically toxic work environment can also lead to a reduction in hearing capacity or complete hearing loss.

Recently, OSHA released a Safety and Health Information Bulletin warning employers of this relatively unknown cause of worker injury. Damage to hearing due to chemical exposure is referred to as ototoxicity. The chemicals themselves are referred to as ototoxicants. While exposure to noise and ototoxicants can independently cause hearing loss in employees, if a worker is exposed to both factors on the job, he or she can suffer devastating results. Depending on the level of noise, the dose of the chemical and the duration of the exposure the hearing loss can be either temporary or permanent.

What Is OSHA's "Fatal Four?"

Adobe Rose5.jpegWork accidents can lead to serious injuries. Depending on the line of work, however, you might face catastrophic harm or even the loss of a loved one. Those who work in industrial or construction fields might face a higher instance of dangerous accidents.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) operates numerous regional offices and is tasked with keeping American workers safe through the dissemination of information. Each year the OSHA releases data from numerous studies that cover a wide array of topics. Recently, they have coined the phrase "Fatal Four" to describe the construction industry's most dangerous types of accidents.

Serious Allegations In Tesla Employment Law Case

Adobe Rose3a.jpegThere are shocking allegations in an employment law case involving Tesla. A federal judge in San Jose said Tesla must defend itself at trial to answer serious charges. Tesla is accused of threatening to deport foreign workers if they reported an injury at their Fremont plant, and that the workers put in too many hours which were ultimately in violation of U.S. labor laws.

While unrelated, Judge Lucy Koh's decision came just days after Tesla and Chief Executive Elon Musk each agreed to pay $20 million in fines to settle SEC fraud charges.

Are Automated Trucks Safer For Our Highways?

Adobe Rose2.jpegWith numerous companies exploring the possibility of automated vehicles, significant attention is now being paid to the long-haul trucking industry. If self-driving 18-wheelers are tasked with hauling goods and materials across the United States with little driver interaction, does this make our nation's highways safer ... or deceptively dangerous?

Preventing A Deadly Trench Collapse

Adobe Rose.jpegConstruction workers face danger nearly every moment of every shift. There are certain situations, however, that can prove more dangerous - more deadly - than others. Workers must take special care to prevent fatal accidents such as trench and excavation collapse.

Material excavation is fairly common in most construction projects and many large renovation projects. When the excavation becomes deeper than it is wide, it is considered a trench. If a trench reaches a depth of five feet or greater, a protective system must be put in place to ensure worker safety. A trench collapse can mean thousands of pounds of pressure piling up on construction workers in an instant. One cubic yard of dry topsoil weighs 2,000 pounds. Saturated, the same amount of soil weighs nearly 3,000 pounds. When this material comes crashing down on a worker, they have little time to react. The enormous weight can lead to catastrophic injuries or even death.

Truck driver shortage may lead to dangerous road conditions

Driving a truck has always been a difficult job. Long hours away from the family is only one drawback. Many truckers have difficulty sleeping scheduled hours. There is often no ability to get exercise. There is stress in trying to meet deadlines while following strict federal regulations.

Now, there is an additional burden — the lack of available drivers.

Study: ERs fail to treat people with brain injuries adequately

Patients treated in emergency rooms for brain injuries may not be getting the right level of care, according to a new academic study published in late May.

Medical researchers at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles studied the cases of hundreds of patients at 11 emergency rooms and trauma centers throughout the U.S. They found that less than half of all patients treated for concussion symptoms received education materials regarding how to care for their injury and what symptoms to watch out for in the future.

Tesla facing safety issues at its plant

It may seem to the rest of the world that Elon Musk is on a hot roll lately, as electric vehicles, driverless cars and even space exploration are in the news almost daily. But at the Tesla manufacturing plant in Fremont, workers may be more concerned about their safety right now, rather than getting their CEOs name in the news.

After a subcontractor’s employee working on site suffered an injury to his face and jaw, Tesla’s operations came under scrutiny by the California Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH), a workplace safety watchdog division of the California Department of Industrial Relations. Following the April 9th accident and subsequent report, Tesla initially denied some of the content of the report, including claims that multiple workers at the plant complained of back strain, repetitive-stress injuries and severe headaches caused by fumes. Now DOSH has opened a second inquiry into plant safety, but has not disclosed the nature of the investigation.

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