Workplaces have to be safe to keep California working. From cubicles in office parks to the foundations of construction projects, safety is the first priority for responsible managers and contractors. If working conditions propose an undue danger for workers, they have to be corrected under California law.
Many drivers in California choose to own a motorcycle because smaller vehicles are more maneuverable and can move faster through freeway traffic, passing between cars and using HOV lanes. There is also the attraction of feeling free; i.e., the thrill of the ride is not the same behind handlebars as compared to sitting in the driver's seat of a car. Nonetheless, motorcycles come with hazards and risks as they are often harder to see in the lane by drivers of nearby cars and trucks. There is little protection for motorcycle drivers and passengers, so accidents caused by careless drivers who are not aware of traffic near them, or motorists under the influence of drugs or alcohol can cause serious injury or death.
If you work in construction, or work in another job where you must rely on scaffolding, or must rely on temporary, elevated platforms, you face unique on-the-job dangers that can result in a serious injury. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, roughly 65 percent of Americans in the construction industry regularly use scaffolds. If companies could learn to protect their workers from scaffolding-involved accidents, they could save about 60 lives and prevent about 4,500 injuries every year.
As an ironworker, you face many hazards on the job. According to a CNN report on unsafe workplaces, ironworking is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Fabricating metal products and erecting steel building materials is difficult and often risky work.
The Bay Area has some of the densest traffic in the country, with millions of vehicles passing through city streets as well as freeway lanes. Because cars and trucks come close to sidewalks and pedestrian thoroughfares, rates of injury and death among pedestrians can rise disturbingly high in central California.
Many people have heard the slogan "without trucks, America stops." This is especially true in California, where every supply line from land, sea and air come together and rely on trucks to get products to their final destinations. Construction and other major industries also need truck traffic to survive.
Building and construction is a top industry in California, and thousands of workers work on building sites, renovations and public works every day. The California Occupational Health and Safety Administration (Cal/OSHA) maintains strict guidelines to protect workers' and citizens' safety, so harmful accidents are rare.
With favorable weather and thousands of miles of quality roads, California has one of the highest populations of motorcyclists in the United States. Bikers are rarely alone on the road, and they have to be mindful of the cars, trucks and buses nearby to stay safe.