For companies, developing an efficient return-to-work program is an important priority. People get injured on the job all the time, and such injuries can be costly not only for the worker, but also for the company. Still, it is in the company's best interest to do everything possible to get the person back to work as soon as possible.
Los Angles readers have likely heard the news about the 51-year-old Los Angeles International Airport baggage worker, who died of a heart attack. The incident reportedly occurred as the employee was driving a baggage tug to pull a dolly at a ramp station. He reportedly fell from the tug and was later found unconscious on the ground.
When a worker is injured, he or she counts on the ability to be compensated for those injuries by his or her employer. But not every worker has that support system available. Most notably, temporary workers do not.
In our last post, we wrote about the mishap at a Tesoro refinery in Martinez, California, that left two workers serious injured. As we noted, the United Steelworkers union has demanded that Tesoro come up with an improved safety program. The accident reportedly occurred when sulfuric acid spewed from a broken pipe, leading to severe burns.