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Religious discrimination: Things you need to know

Regardless of the company you work for, the industry or your position, you should never run into issues as the result of your religion. Unfortunately, religious discrimination remains a problem throughout the country.

Religious discrimination involves treating a person, including both employees and job candidates, differently because of their religious beliefs. There are laws in place to protect people of all religions, including but not limited to Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Judaism.

Follow these tips for safer trenching

Depending on your profession, you may find yourself working in a trench every now and again. In fact, this may be a big part of your job on a daily basis.

While trenching and excavating can be safe, it only takes one mistake to cause a serious accident that results in injury or even death.

Electrocution accidents at work are a major concern

Regardless of your profession, you are likely exposed to electrical energy at some point in your workday. For example, if you work in a traditional office, you may have a variety of power cords plugged into a power strip under your desk.

Electrocution accidents happen time after time on worksites. While these don't always lead to serious injury or death, they are very dangerous.

Construction workers: Never forget these ladder safety tips

The longer workers use ladders on their daily job, the higher the statistical likelihood that a fall will occur. Many fall injuries happen simply because workers become too comfortable and complacent as they become more and more familiar with their daily work routines.

By reading the following ladder safety tips on a regular basis, and by frequently reminding workers of these tips, construction workers will stay more alert to avoid injuries when using ladders on the job.

These construction site injuries are serious and require care

It can be exciting to work in the construction industry, as you never know what each day will bring. However, you should never lose sight of the many potential accidents that could cause serious injury or even death in these workplaces.

Regardless of how hard you try, there's no way to completely eliminate the risk of a construction site accident. These accidents happen time after time, often resulting in the following injuries:

  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Amputations
  • Burns and electrocutions
  • Lacerations and cuts
  • Eye and ear injuries
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Ankle, knee and shoulder injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries, such as paralysis
  • Toxic exposure to chemicals

Don’t be afraid to appeal a workers’ compensation denial

Although workplace injuries are typically covered by your company's workers' compensation insurance policy, there is no guarantee you will receive an instant approval upon making a claim.

There are many potential reasons for a workers' compensation denial, including but not limited to

  • The injury was not reported in time
  • The claim was not filed in time
  • An employer dispute
  • Insufficient medical treatment

Canlas Law Group Welcomes New Associate Philip Tuyay

Canlas Law Group is pleased to announce the addition of Philip Tuyay as a new associate attorney with the firm's workers' compensation department. 

Philip received his juris doctor from Southwestern Law School and he was admitted to the California Bar in 2013.    Philip practices exclusively in the field of Workers' Compensation.  He has extensive trial experience representing injured workers before the Workers Compensation Appeals Board. During his career, Philip worked for several prominent Applicant and Defense firms.  He is a passionate advocate for injured workers and their families. This experience provides him with valuable knowledge and insight that he utilizes to effectively and aggressively represent injured workers.

Riggers: Beware of falls on the job

If you work as a rigger, the fast-paced environment keeps you on your toes at all times. Unfortunately, there are also many risks of working as a rigger -- some of which increase during particular activities. For example, when conducting a lift or preparing a load you're often exposed to fall hazards.

As a rigger, you should beware of the many things that can cause a fall. You should also keep in mind that there are devices you can use to prevent trouble, such as:

  • Guardrails on deck edges or openings
  • Stair rails
  • Proper attire, such as shoes that promote good traction

Yes, hourly workers should receive overtime pay for extra hours

Many people who work in manufacturing, customer service and other fields are hourly workers. As an hourly worker, you have certain rights under both state and federal law. Unfortunately, many employers will not respect those rights unless you actively stand up for them. One of those rights is the right to overtime pay if you work more than 40 hours in any given pay period.

How will you stay safe while working as a window cleaner?

As a window cleaner, your job responsibilities are clear. Every day, you work high above the city cleaning windows on tall buildings.

While you may enjoy your job as a window cleaner, it can be dangerous at times. Here are some things to remember from a safety perspective:

  • Protecting against a fall is a must. There's always a chance you could fall from height, so you need to protect yourself at all times. Using a safety harness could be the difference between your life and death.
  • Keep an eye on the sky. You don't want to find yourself outdoors cleaning windows when the weather takes a turn for the worse. From strong rain to wind gusts, inclement weather puts you at risk.
  • Make note of overhead obstacles. There are many of these with which you will have to contend, ranging from power lines to trees. When you make note of these before you start, you'll know what you have to do to prevent trouble.
  • People below, Do whatever it takes to setup your equipment in a safe place, as you don't want pedestrians, coworkers or motor vehicles endangering your safety.
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