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Santa Clara County workplace injury lawyer, Beryllium standards, respiratory disease, Chronic Beryllium Disease, lung cancerBeryllium is an element listed as an Alkali-earth metal and is seen near the top of the periodic table. Its unique physical properties make it highly sought after in many industries. This grey metal is stronger than steel, yet lighter than aluminum.

Additionally, Beryllium boasts a high melting point, reflectivity, excellent thermal stability and conductivity, and transparency to x-rays. These attributes make the material useful seemingly everywhere, from aerospace and nuclear to dental and automotive.

In 2014, the United States produced 270 metric tons of the metal while still importing another 68 metric tons. Unfortunately, exposure to the element in the workplace creates long-term, devastating injuries.

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Santa Clara County, CA, hotel injury attorney, California hotel workers, workplace injuries, injury protections, injury preventionSummertime brings countless tourists and residents alike to the state of California. Although the year-round sunshine makes California a dream destination, most people find the best time to travel is during the slower, more relaxed summer months. During these peak times, the hospitality industry experiences a noticeable increase in business. Although employees enjoy the temporary rise in pay due to an abundance of time worked, many in the labor-intensive positions like housekeeping or maintenance suffer an increased amount of workplace injuries.

Accident Prone Job Positions

In hotels and other lodging establishments, such as bed and breakfast inns or resorts, maintenance and housekeeping are the two most accident-prone positions employed. Focusing on the cleaning staff, most employees complete between 14 and 16 rooms on average, making over 8,000 moves in a single shift. These figures do not include short-staffed days when the workload rises. Housekeepers make beds, clean rooms, bathrooms, tubs, toilets, remove stains, and vacuum. These repeated stretches, twists, and bends result in numerous musculoskeletal injuries, which are severe and long-lasting. These damages are, “acute injury or cumulative trauma of a muscle, tendon, ligament, bursa, peripheral nerve, joint, bone, spinal disc or blood vessel.”

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San Jose workplace injury attorneysIn most cases, if an employee in California is injured on the job, he or she is entitled to collect benefits under the state’s workers’ compensation system. Workers’ compensation benefits are generally available even if the employee was partially at fault for his or her own injuries. There are situations, however, in which workers’ compensation is either not available or insufficient to cover an injured worker’s needs. When this happens, the injured worker may need to file a third-party lawsuit against the person or entity whose actions or negligence caused the injuries. Such may be the case when a worker is injured due to a defective or dangerous product used in his or her workplace.

Product Liability Injuries

There are countless ways in which a worker can be injured by a dangerous or defective product—and some you might never have considered. A worker in a tool and die shop, for example, could suffer injuries if one of the machines in the shop was defective and installed safety features failed to work as intended. The same is true for construction workers who rely on power tools, safety harnesses, and scaffolding. Even an office worker could be hurt if his or her office chair broke because it was improperly manufactured.

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San Jose workplace injury attorney, workplace violence, California OSHA Regulations, workplace injury cases, improve workplace environmentsThe State of California, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA, is working to achieve improved workplace environments in 2018. During the three scheduled meetings for the year, Cal/OSHA hopes to finalize regulations regarding significant workplace frustrations.

Major active shooter incidents within the country have forced employers to take a closer look at identifying and preventing workplace violence a whole. Additional issues of significance include battling the California heat and how the recently instituted cannabis laws will affect workplaces and employment. The results of the pending debates will undoubtedly alter workplace injury cases now and in the future.

By October 1, 2018, an advisory committee will present research findings to the Standards Board to include an evaluation of whether industry-specific standards are necessary for marijuana usage in the workplace. More specifically, the committee is asked to consider the following:

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San Jose workplace injury lawyerWhen you go to work every day, no matter what you do for a living, there is a chance that you could be injured. While the job itself may not be particularly dangerous, you could slip on the way to the bathroom, you could be hit by the unexpected opening of a door, or your office chair could break, sending you sprawling to the floor. For some people, however, the risks of injury at work are much greater. Recently, a popular data analysis website took a look at the injury rates of more than five dozen occupations and compiled a list of America’s most dangerous jobs.

The Top Three

The analysis was conducted by a team at 24/7 Wall St., an internet company that creates original content regarding financial news and opinions. The researchers examined data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to calculate fatality and non-fatal injury rates per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. Based on those rates, the three most hazardous jobs in the U.S. include:

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