Six workers were reportedly injured during cleanup efforts for a 20 million gallon water spill caused by the rupture of a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power water main at the University of California in Los Angeles. As of Thursday, two workers were still recovery in the hospital after inhaling exhaust fumes from a generator while they worked to remove water from a building on campus. Four other workers who were exposed to fumes managed to get by with on-site treatment.
A variety of laws passed in 2013 are set to go into effect in 2014, many of them benefitting California workers. Much of the legislation was pushed by Democratic lawmakers hoping to help out workers still suffering from the economic recession, as many have been struggling to pick themselves back up. The new legislation will certainly be of assistance. In fact, Steve Smith of the California Labor Federation has called 2013 a "banner year for workers."