The risks of injuries to employees on a California job site are both seen and unseen. Either way, they are dangerous.
The state of California's Department of Industrial Relations put what it titled the Hazard Assessment Checklist on its website.
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.
A fatal accident at a work site in a church parking lot in Palo Alto, California, has left one worker dead.
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.
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.
Construction is big business in California, especially the burgeoning areas in the southern part of the state, where it seems every block has a new building going up every year. From single-level homes to entire planned communities, construction workers and contractors are always hard at work preparing homes and workplaces for more Californians.
Employers owe it to their workers and customers to keep workspaces clean and clear of any objects or situations that could cause injury. This is especially important in the construction industries, in which there are many dangerous circumstances that claim that highest number of workplace fatalities every year.
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.
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.