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U.S. workplace deaths improving for the past 20 years

Posted on November 5th, 2014 No Comments

Figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) have shown the country’s workplace death rate has been steadily improving every year for the past two decades, according to an online report published on November 3.

Data from the BLS revealed the rate of workplace deaths across the country is 25% lower than that of 2006. Last year, the country recorded 3.2 fatal workplace injuries per 100,000 workers – a significant improvement from the 4.2 per 100,000 recorded in 2006. BLS stated that the decrease in the number of high-risk outdoor occupations has contributed to the improvement.

Although there is a relative improvement in the number of work-related deaths in the country, a great number of American workers are still part of high-risk industries, many of whom are unfortunately defenseless to workplace hazards. If you believe your injury has been a result of your employer’s negligence, consult with a workers’ compensation attorney at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., to explore your legal options. Call our Des Moines office at 877-327-2600 today.

OSHA seeks public comment on managing chemical hazard in the workplace

Posted on October 17th, 2014 No Comments

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Dr. David Michaels has announced the publication of a request for information (RFI), which aims to engage all stakeholders in a national dialogue to manage workers’ exposure to hazardous chemicals, an online report published on October 9.

Included in the dialogue is a discussion about improving the process of updating permissible exposure limits, or PELs, which are the limits set by the OSHA on the amount of hazardous substances in the air. According to Dr. David, the resource and time-intensive process of revising PELs is what keeps thousands of exposure limits outdated and insufficient in protecting workers.

Employers, unions, chemical manufacturers, public health experts, and other stakeholders have been given 180 days to provide their views.

Our workers’ compensation lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., are willing to help Des Moines workers who have been exposed to toxic substance while on duty seek the compensation they believe they deserve. Consult with us for free by calling 877-327-2600 today.

Ten most frequently cited safety violations of 2014

Posted on October 9th, 2014 No Comments

In September, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Safety Council’s (NSC) Safety+Health magazine have announced the ten most frequently violated OSHA standards for the financial year 2014.

Deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs Patrick Kapust and senior associate editor for the NSC’s Safety+Health magazine Kyle Morrison revealed the list during the NSC’s 2014 Congress and Expo held at the San Diego Convention Center. Several entries moved a few notches up or down from last year.

The list is as follows:

  1. Fall protection (6,143 violations)
  2. Hazard communication (5,161)
  3. Scaffolding (4,029)
  4. Respiratory protection (3,223)
  5. Lockout/tagout (2,704)
  6. Powered industrial trucks (2,662)
  7. Electrical, wiring methods (2,490)
  8. Ladders (2,448)
  9. Machine guarding (2,200)
  10. Electrical, general requirements (2,056)

At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., we assist injured workers in DesMoines in applying and qualifying for workers compensation. To learn more about how our compassionate and dedicated lawyers might be able to help you, call us at 877-327-2600 today.

New OSHA rules for workplace incident reporting take effect next year

Posted on September 30th, 2014 No Comments

Due to the many work-related deaths recorded last year, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will implement new requirements for employers reporting occupational injuries and deaths that will help the agency monitor at-risk companies.

On January 1, employers are expected to report any work-related death within eight hours. Any hospitalizations, amputations, or loss of an eye is also required to be reported within 24 hours. According to OSHA, the new method will help them focus their resources on unsafe workplaces that need intervention.

OSHA also announces it is developing a web portal to accommodate electronic incident reports.

If you have suffered from an occupational injury, find out if your situation qualifies for workers’ compensation by consulting with one of our attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. For over many years, we have been helping DesMoines workers seek the compensation they believe they deserve, and we might also be able to help you with your pursuit. Call us today at 877-327-2600.

Industrial accident sends one Heinz contractor to hospital

Posted on September 16th, 2014 No Comments

A worker was injured following an industrial accident that occurred at the Heinz factory in Muscatine on Thursday, August 21.

At 3:27 p.m., emergency services were called to rescue a man pinned under a piece of industrial equipment while working at the Heinz facility on 1357 N. Isett Ave. The worker, whose name was withheld, had already been freed when the emergency crew arrived. He was airlifted to Genesis East hospital in Davenport for treatment.

In a statement released by H.J. Heinz Co., senior vice president of corporate and government affairs Michael Mullen stated that the company was prompt in responding to the incident, and that they are dedicated in ensuring safety among their employees. The statement further said the company is fully investigating the accident.

The conclusion of this investigation, and of other investigations, could be that the incident could have been prevented if the proper measures were taken. If you were hurt while on duty in Des Moines, a workers’ compensation lawyer at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. might be able to help secure the benefits you believe you deserve. Call us now at 877-327-2600 see if you’re eligibility for such action.

Exec. order scrutinizes contractors bidding for federal contracts

Posted on September 4th, 2014 No Comments

As part of the White House’s efforts to improve working conditions of millions of American employees, federal contractors will now be required to divulge any labor law violations they committed from the previous three years to bid on a federal contract.

In an executive order President Barack Obama signed on Thursday, July 31, companies competing for federal procurement contracts valued at more than $500,000 would have to declare violations committed against workers’ basic rights, including safety and wage law violations. The order came in light after a report that showed 18 of the 100 heavily-fined agencies from 2007 to 2012 were federal contractors.

Companies receiving federal contracts employ 22% of the nation’s workforce. Out of these millions of workers, a handful of them have unfortunately been violated by the company, in terms of safety, health, or compensation. To learn more about filing for workers’ compensation in Des Moines, consult with our team of workers’ comp attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600 today.

Miners at small companies at higher risk of pneumoconiosis

Posted on August 29th, 2014 No Comments

Coal mine workers in smaller mines are at higher risk of lung disorders, including pneumoconiosis, a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) revealed.

The NIOSH studied data of more than 3,700 coal workers between 2005 and 2012, and found that coal workers in mines with less than 50 employees are more than twice at risk of developing pneumoconiosis. Pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease, is a potentially fatal lung condition caused by prolonged exposure to dust. Workers in the quarrying, mining, manufacturing, and construction sectors are considered vulnerable to this illness.

Sadly, many employers fail to meet safety standards in preventing occupational diseases, such as pneumoconiosis. If you believe your sickness has been caused by your employer’s failure to provide a healthy and safe workplace, the legal team at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., might help you hold the responsible parties accountable. Call us at 877-327-2600 today to learn more.

Demolition-related deaths prompt OSHA to address the issue

Posted on August 11th, 2014 No Comments

In light of the recent fatalities in the construction industry during demolition procedures, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has announced updated demolition safety procedures on its website that would help educate workers and employers about hazard assessment and mitigation.

In a press statement released on July 10, the OSHA also said it recently conducted demolition safety training to benefit workers and employers in Philadelphia on the federal, state, and local government levels.

According to the OSHA, fatalities in the demolition industry could be prevented with proper planning, use of appropriate protective equipment, training, and compliance with the OSHA safety standards.

Unfortunately, many contractors still fall short in providing a safe, hazard-free workplace. If you believe the injury you have acquired at work is caused by your employer’s negligence, a dedicated and assertive lawyer at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., might be able to assist you in filing for workers’ compensation in Des Moines. Consult with us by calling 877-327-2600 to learn more about your eligibility.

Senator asks about OSHA’s steps in ensuring temporary workers’ safety

Posted on July 15th, 2014 No Comments

Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) wrote a letter to Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) director David Michaels inquiring about the agency’s efforts in ensuring the safety of temporary workers, a report by ProPublica.org stated on Thursday, July 10.

Casey wrote that he was concerned about a sugar plant accident in Pennsylvania that led to the death of a temporary worker after he was suffocated by a bank of sugar. OSHA initially fined the plant $25,855, but later cut that amount down to $18,098. The fine was reduced in spite of the plant’s failure to conduct training among temporary workers, and on its removal of a safety device that could have prevented the incident.

Each year, many temporary workers suffer from workplace accidents like this due to the employer’s failure to provide a safe, hazard-free working environment. If you have been injured while at work, a Des Moines workers’ comp lawyer at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., might be able to help you seek the compensation you need. Call us at 877-327-2600 to learn more about filing a workers’ compensation claim.

OSHA releases its online workplace safety game

Posted on June 25th, 2014 No Comments

Hazard identification in manufacturing and construction sites is the focus of an online safety game recently released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to a report in Equipment World on Friday, June 20.

The game is comprised of key components in identifying workplace hazards, namely information gathering, workplace observation, incident investigation, employee involvement, and hazard prioritization. During the game, the player has the option to play the role of either an employee or an employer, and may also choose between the construction and the manufacturing sectors. The game also allows the player to come up with viable solutions to abate workplace hazards.

With a team of 14 attorneys and 23 supporting staff members, LaMarca Law Group, P.C., has been successful in helping injured workers in Des Moines secure the workers’ compensation benefits they need, and might also be able to help you. Call us at 877-327-2600 to learn more about what we can offer.



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