The city of San Bernardino serves as the county seat of San Bernardino County and is laid out over 81 square miles of the San Bernardino Valley. Over 200,000 live in San Bernardino, making it the 17th largest city in California and the 100th largest city in the country.
San Bernardino has a long history of being involved in the retail and service industry, both of which largely make up the city’s economy. The city is known as being the original site of the world’s very first McDonald’s restaurant where the McDonald’s Museum now sits.
Many regard the retail industry as being fairly safe, but as a findings from NIOSH note, the retail industry experiences a high number of injuries and illnesses.
In 2006, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there were approximately 21 million retail workers in the United States. In that same year, it was found that:
It is suspected that injuries in retail occur primarily due to two reasons:
Employers in retail often will encourage or create an environment where workers may feel uncomfortable taking the breaks they are entitled to in order to protect their health and their safety. In some instances an employer may also insist that an employee work overtime while not properly compensating an employee for his or her time.
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