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Tips to climb a ladder safely on a California construction site

You go to work in the morning knowing a busy day on the job site awaits. You're going to spend a good portion of your day on a ladder, hammering trim, installing cabinetry, hanging light fixtures or painting. Whatever the boss wants you to do.

But before you climb even one step up the ladder, there are many precautions you need to take. One of them is making sure the boss has provided you with the right tools to do the job safely.

Hayward striving to make streets safer for cyclists, pedestrians

The City of Hayward is continuing work on its Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The goal is to build upon the 2007 Bicycle Master Plan to find ways to improve the convenience and safety for walkers and bikers.

The update will occur in three phases, and the first phase is winding up.

Bay Area workplace accident kills 1

A fatal accident at a work site in a church parking lot in Palo Alto, California, has left one worker dead.

California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) is investigating the accident, which occurred at a church on Middlefield Road between Marion Road and Oregon Expressway.

Distracted truck drivers are out there on California roads

Think back a generation to the time when all truckers had for communication and companionship on the road were citizens band and AM radios.

Fast forward to present day, and truck drivers have access to all the gadgets other drivers have - plus a few more. They, of course, have smartphones and navigation devices. There are also tools to help them with fuel economy, fleet management and in-cab communication systems.

What does failure to supervise mean for construction accidents?

Despite the word "supervisor," your supervisor may not always be watching, or supervising, you. For example, construction workers often carry out many tasks independently with little need for someone to be glued to their side every minute of work. So, if you sustain an injury on the job, what exactly might "failure to supervise" mean?

It can mean many things, but generally, it means that your supervisor owed you a duty of care and then breached it. It also means your supervisor had the authority to effect things such as certain safety protocols but did not. In the absence of such authority, it may be wiser to seek remedies from another party.

California drivers must be on the lookout for motorcyclists

The California road system is quite a remarkable creation, from small, neighborhood streets to interstate highways. And what do they all have in common, despite their differing sizes and speed limits? They get a variety of motorized and nonmotorized vehicles from one place to another every day.

The average American drives 13,476 miles per year, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). That's a lot of checking mirrors, looking ahead and anticipating the moves other drivers will make.

Construction growing in Bay Area, but dangers lurk on the job

Earlier this year, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development in San Francisco reported that construction was the fastest-growing industry across the Bay Area. That's great news for everyone who works in the building trades across Northern California.

Still, many construction jobs are dangerous professions, including electrical work.

California construction worker killed on the job

Construction is one of the United States' most dangerous professions, constantly putting people in harm's way around heavy equipment in unusual environments. It is rare that a construction worker dies on the worksite or due to worksite conditions, but when it happens, families are faced with an unbelievable loss.

The family of a construction worker subcontracting with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is mourning after his death on the job on the 605 Freeway in Pico Rivera. The 33-year-old man was struck by a tractor-trailer while he collected traffic cones on the shoulder of the southbound side of the highway.

Long Beach motorcyclist killed in hit-and-run accident

Motorcycles are one of the best ways to get around California. Anyone who has lane-split on a bike down a crowded freeway can attest to the freedom and convenience of two wheels over four. But biking can also pose dangers to riders that can prove life-changing or even life-ending.

On the rare occasion that a car or truck driver is involved in a crash with a motorcycle, it is always required that involved people stay at the scene of the accident and wait for emergency services. California law requires this of anyone involved in a crash causing serious vehicle damage or any sort of injury.

Everyone is a pedestrian

You may spend most of your time driving from one location to the next, since it saves time, even on crowded California roads. However, this does not mean that you are never a pedestrian. In fact, you are a pedestrian each time you get into your vehicle or leave it. Whether you are hiking a few blocks to the grocery store or walking across the parking lot, you can suffer an injury because of a reckless or inattentive driver.

This might not surprise you. You might remember a few times as you were driving through a crowded parking lot and a person you didn’t initially see darted in front of your car. Being much smaller than vehicles, pedestrians are difficult to spot, especially for those who are backing out of a parking space or making a turn. The following tips might help you stay safe from motor vehicles when you are on foot:

  • Make eye contact with drivers and make sure they have stopped before stepping out in front of them.
  • Always cross the street at a designated crosswalk.
  • Be especially careful in busy parking lots or intersections.
  • Watch out for vehicles that are backing out of parking spaces or leaving driveways.
  • Wear light-colored or reflective clothing or carry a light if you are walking after dark.
  • Stay alert and watch for approaching vehicles as you are crossing the street.

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