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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 & Landry, 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 & Landry, 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.

OSHA: Workers need water, rest and shade to prevent heat illnesses

Posted on June 4th, 2014 No Comments

For the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched its campaign raising awareness about work-related heat illnesses among employers and workers, The Times and Democrat reported on June 1.

U.S. Labor Department Secretary Thomas Perez believes employers play a vital role in preventing heat illnesses among workers. He stated that keeping workers hydrated, providing access to shaded areas, and allowing rest time are key steps in maintaining a healthy workforce during the hot summer months.

Workers in the transportation, landscaping, agriculture, and construction industries are at a high risk of heat sickness.

There are times that the employer fails to provide adequate measures to keep workers safe from any workplace hazards, including heat. If you believe employer negligence has been the reason for your injury or illness in Des Moines, a lawyer at LaMarca & Landry, P.C., might be able to help you file for workers’ compensation benefits. Call us at 877-327-2600 to learn how we may assist you.

OSHA aims to raise awareness of construction falls

Posted on June 2nd, 2014 No Comments

This year, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hopes to educate workers about falls by inviting employers to hold a Safety Stand Down on fall hazards and prevention in the construction industry.

Employers were asked to conduct a safety meeting about falls anytime from June 2 to June 6. With the goal of reaching out to 500,000 workers in the U.S., the OSHA hopes to raise the consciousness of one in ten construction workers in the country about construction falls. The campaign was launched in light of an increasing number of fall-related deaths at construction sites. In 2012, 269 out of 775 construction deaths were reported to be fall-related.

A lack of workplace safety measures exposes the workers to dangers that might cost them their health, their career, or even their lives. If you believe employer negligence has been the cause of your injury while at work in Des Moines, our legal team at LaMarca & Landry, P.C., is willing to explore with you the possibility of filing for workers’ compensation benefits. You may reach us at 877-327-2600 today.

Annual worker safety report found 4,600 workplace deaths

Posted on May 22nd, 2014 No Comments

An annual worker safety report by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization (AFL-CIO) entitled Death on the Job recorded more than 4,600 workplace deaths and about 50,000 deaths due to workplace illnesses in 2012, Huffington Post reported on May 8.

The report states that in 2012, the U.S. had a death rate of 3.4 in every 100,000 workers. North Dakota recorded the highest number of workplace fatalities in the U.S., with a death rate of 17.7 per 100,000 workers. Other U.S. states with high workplace mortality rates were Wyoming (12.2 per 100,000 workers) and Alaska (8.9 per 100,000 workers).

Director of safety and health at the AFL-CIO Peg Seminario stated that although the country has improved the promotion of workers’ safety, the number of workplace deaths is still “too high and unacceptable.”

For many years, our team at LaMarca & Landry, P.C. has been helping injured workers in Des Moines file for workers’ compensation benefits and may also be able to legally assist you. Call us at 877-327-2600 to discuss your options.

A large number of fatal workplace falls are ladder-related, CDC finds

Posted on May 1st, 2014 No Comments

A review of 2011 national data by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that ladder falls are a major cause of injury and death in workplaces across the country.

The research, published on April 25 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found that 20% of work-related falls involve ladders. The CDC further revealed that 43% of fatal falls recorded within the last ten years were associated with ladder use.

Construction, mining, repair, and maintenance workers are among those who are at a higher risk of ladder falls, the CDC added.

If you have recently suffered from a workplace-related injury in the Des Moines area, an accomplished attorney at LaMarca & Landry, P.C. may be able to help you file for workers’ compensation. Contact us at 877-327-2600.

Ergonomic illnesses affect nearly 6 of 10 poultry workers, federal study says

Posted on April 29th, 2014 No Comments

A study by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that more than half of poultry plant workers across the country are suffering from ergonomic injuries, casting doubts over the U.S. Agriculture Department’s (USDA) proposal to speed up poultry lines by adapting a new inspection system.

According to the study, nearly 6 out of 10 poultry plant workers in the U.S. are suffering from musculoskeletal issues, while 4 out of 10 are dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome. The United Food and Commercial Workers, a union whose members include thousands of poultry workers, said speeding up the production in poultry plants would translate to a higher number of workplace injuries.

The USDA plans to accelerate poultry plant production for up to a maximum of 175 carcasses every minute by implementing changes in the inspection system.

For many years, our legal team at LaMarca & Landy, P.C., has been helping DesMoines workers who have suffered from work-related illnesses file for workers’ compensation. If you too are planning to file a claim, call us at (877) 327-2600 to know if we might be able to help you.

State orders Tina Fey to pay thousands of dollars for unpaid workers’ comp insurance

Posted on April 8th, 2014 No Comments

Tina Fey owes the state $79,000 over unpaid workers’ comp insurance for two years, an online report revealed on Friday March 28.

The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board ruled that the actress-comedienne had not carried workers’ comp insurance from November 2012 until February of this year. However, Tina’s spokesperson, Cara Tripicchio, said the actress never failed to pay for workers’ comp insurance for all her employees, and added that a clerical error with the board resulted in the notifications being delivered to a different address.

If you were a worker injured while on the job and struggling to get the workers’ compensation insurance benefits you need, call (877) 327-2600. Our lawyers at LaMarca & Landry, P.C., help people in Des Moines file workers’ comp claims and get the benefits they need. We may be able to help you.

Investigation over a Storm Lake plant fire might last a few days

Posted on March 28th, 2014 No Comments

The Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office has stated that an investigation over a fire at a turkey processing plant in Storm Lake may last for quite a few days, according to an online report published Monday, March 24.

In a statement, the Storm Lake Department of Public Safety said firefighters from Storm Lake rushed to Hillshire Brands turkey processing plant after a fire alarm sounded at about 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 22. The firefighters got the fire under control after three hours, though they didn’t leave the scene until all the flames were completely extinguished at around 1:15 p.m.

No civilians were injured in the fire, though one firefighter did reportedly sustain a shoulder injury.

When you sustain a workplace-related injury in Des Moines, our legal team at LaMarca & Landry, P.C., knows how difficult recovery can be. Fortunately, you might be owed workers’ compensation insurance benefits, so call us at (877) 327-2600 to discuss your situation and find out how we may be able to help.

Groups oppose OSHA’s proposed reporting rule

Posted on March 18th, 2014 No Comments

The Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc. (RIMS) recently issued a letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Monday, March 10 opposing OSHA’s new proposal to require employers with more than 250 employees to electronically report any injury at work.

OSHA said electronic reporting would allow up-to-date and efficient access to accident data by the public. However, RIMS said it would compel employers not to report minor work-related injuries to maintain low workplace accident rates.

Groups opposing the bill also stated it would make the employers vulnerable to privacy concerns.

If you have a pending workers’ compensation claim, getting help through the process can be critical to getting a positive response. The lawyers from LaMarca & Landry, P.C., can help anyone in Des Moines who has been injured at work understand this process and their rights to workers’ compensation insurance. Call us at 877-327-2600 to find out more about how we can help you.



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