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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 & Landry, 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 & Landry, 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 & Landry, 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 & Landry, 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 & 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.



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