Back and neck pain and injuries are a common occurrence in many work settings, but there are some professions where workers are particularly at risk. Hearing this, most people would tend to think of jobs in construction and the trades, but one of the most prominent settings for such injuries is in health care. This is particularly the case with workers in nursing and residential care.
Long term disability insurance is an important resource for workers to have in the event they become injured and unable to work for long periods of time. Such insurance can be purchased privately, but many employers either have it available from their employer automatically or have the ability to purchase it through an employer at a group discount.
Earlier this week, four construction workers were injured in Foster City when the wood frame of a restaurant under construction partially collapsed and struck them. An investigation conducted after the incident showed that a truss had failed, though the cause of the truss failure is not yet known.
Construction accidents are all too common in California, and recent accidents in the San Francisco Bay area have prompted the California division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to increase oversight of construction sites. Inspectors will reportedly be keeping an eye out to ensure employers are complying with rules regarding fall protection, as well as equipment safety, trench safety and site hazards. Employers found to be in violation will face citation.
Accidents at the workplace occur all the time in nearly all professions. That being said, some industries involve more risk of injury than others. Construction is one such profession, and it is important for construction employees and their families to be aware of their rights when an accident occurs.