Watchdog group wants OBM to finish reviewing rule on beryllium

Advocacy group Public Citizen is calling for the completion of the Occupational Safety and Health Agency’s (OSHA) rule on occupational exposure to beryllium, according to a report by Safety + Health on May 6.

The group urges the Office of Budget Management (OBM) to complete the review so that OSHA can open it up to public comment. Since 2002, the OSHA has been seeking additional information about beryllium exposure. The proposed rule has been under review by the OBM since September 4.

Beryllium exposure may cause a myriad of adverse health effects, including chronic lung diseases. Workers at highest risk of beryllium exposure are those in the automotive, mining, metal reclamation, and manufacturing industries.

Being injured or becoming ill while on the job can be a life-changing event, and facing it alone could be tremendously taxing. If you have been hurt in your workplace in Des Moines, you might be eligible to seek compensation from your employer. To learn more about filing for workers’ compensation, consult with our legal team at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600 today.



OSHA allies with professional society to reduce chemical hazard risks

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication are once again renewing their alliance to increase awareness about chemical risks at work, according to a report by Business Insurance on April 13.

OSHA and the Virginia-based professional group would work hand-in-hand to develop hazard communication training tools to reduce the risks associated with chemical hazards at work. The partnership will also raise awareness about labeling hazardous materials in compliance with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), a framework to classify and label hazardous chemicals at work.

The GHS is set to be implemented by June 1, 2015.

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels said thousands of workers become sick or die due to exposure to hazardous chemicals at work. The legal team at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., might be able to help you seek the compensation you need when hurt while on duty in Des Moines. Call our office at 877-327-2600 for an initial assessment of your situation today.



OSHA updates guidelines on violence in healthcare and social services

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently revised the guidelines that aim to protect healthcare and social services workers from work-related violence, according to a report by the Business Insurance on April 2.

With high hopes of reducing the risk of workplace violence among social services and healthcare workers, OSHA has recently updated its “Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers,” which was previously revised over a decade ago. According to the publication, a successful violence prevention program in the workplace is possible if workers and employers both cooperate to determine the risks of workplace violence.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said workers in the healthcare and social services industries are four times more at risk of injury caused by work-related violence. If you have been hurt while on duty in Des Moines, learn whether you are entitled to file for workers’ compensation by speaking with our team of workers’ comp lawyers at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. Call us at 877-327-2600 for a free case consultation today.



CUTS: acronym to prevent scaffold-related accidents

Scaffolding accidents are among the most common causes of debilitating injuries and death among construction industry workers not just in the state, but also in the whole country. Among the most common hazards associated with scaffold use are impalement caused by falling work materials, scaffold collapse, and falls.

As a worker, you can prevent scaffold-related incidents from happening by minimizing your risks. You can do this by considering these steps, symbolized by the acronym CUTS, when using scaffolding:

  • Check if the scaffold is in safe working condition before use
  • Use the scaffold and any associated equipment strictly the way they are meant to be used; do not improvise
  • Take note of the manufacturer’s guidelines on safe working load capacity
  • Set foot in and out of the scaffold in a manner that is conventional and safe

In some instances, however, a scaffold-related injury could be a result of contractors who either want to speed up the project or use substandard scaffolding materials to cut costs. To file for a workers’ compensation claim in Des Moines, a lawyer at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., might be able to help. Call us at 877-327-2600 today for a free assessment of your case.



Complaints filed against McDonald’s over workplace safety issues

Complaints have been filed in troves against the world’s largest fast food restaurant chain McDonald’s over unsafe working conditions and low minimum pay, the Chicago Business Journal reported on March 16.

In hopes of compelling the fast food giant to increase their minimum pay and improve workplace safety, 28 complaints from 19 different cities in the U.S. were filed against McDonald’s since the start of this month. The complaints were organized by a campaign called Fight for $15, which was coordinated by the Service Employees International Union.

Among the complaints filed was a case in which an insufficiently trained worker was burned after working with grease. Another worker stated that a slippery floor caused her to fall and burn her arm on a hot surface, causing burn injuries.

Last year, a survey revealed that four in five workers in fast food restaurants received burns while on the job. If you have been injured while performing your duties in Des Moines, a lawyer at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., might be able to help you file for workers’ compensation. Call us at 877-327-2600 to learn more about how to make a claim.



Workplace incidents could be at the highest during daylight saving time change

Lost sleep caused by the daylight saving time (DST) change may put employees at a higher risk of workplace injuries, an article published by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) stated on Friday, March 6.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, losing even just an hour of sleep while adjusting to the new DST schedule may increase the risk of a workplace incident. In a study that examined the U.S. Department of Labor and Mine Safety and Health Administration’s data from 1983 to 2006, a 5.7% increase in injuries occurred on that day. Additionally, more severe injuries were reported.

SHRM said one way employers can reduce the risk of workplace incident during DST change is to schedule highly-dangerous tasks at the end of the week to ensure that everyone has adjusted to the time shift.

A workplace injury could affect your ability to earn an income for you and your family.  To learn more about how to file for a workers’ compensation claim after being hurt in Des Moines, speak with an attorney at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.



Nurses and nursing aides most vulnerable to hospital hazards

Hospital workers face the everyday challenge of taking care of patients. This noble task exposes them to several unique hazards, such as exposure to highly contagious, sometimes life-threatening diseases, trips and falls when lifting and moving patients, and physical injuries caused by patient violence.

Nurses and nursing aides are at the forefront of these hazards. In 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimated that there were 1,556,930 registered nurses, 136,190 licensed practical nurses, and 384,100 nursing aides currently employed in hospitals across the country. Every day, they are exposed to these injury catalysts:

  • Overexertion and bodily reaction
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Contact with objects or equipment
  • Violence
  • Hazardous substances
  • Transportation accidents

Most hospital injuries are highly preventable, especially if the management considers the safety of its workers its highest priority. If you suffered a work-related injury in Des Moines, our team of workers’ compensation attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., might be able to help you seek the compensation you believe you deserve. Call us at 877-327-2600 and learn more about your options today.



Ashley Furniture faces nearly $1.8 million in fines from OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) penalized Ashley Furniture, the country’s biggest furniture retailer, for 12 wilful violations, 12 repeated violations, and 14 safety violations it committed at a plant in Wisconsin, according to a report by CBS on February 2.

The furniture chain giant faces $1.76 million in federal fines after investigators found violations that put their 4,500 workers in danger. The OSHA also included the company on its “Severe Violator Enforcement Program.” According to the OSHA, the company cared more about its profit rather than the safety of its workers, which resulted in more than 1,000 reports of work-related injuries over the past three and a half years.

The company plans to reject OSHA’s accusations, saying that the OSHA’s claims are repulsively inappropriate.

Major and large-scale manufacturers are not the only workplaces where safety violations are committed. Minor, small-scale facilities could also be guilty of this kind of negligence. If your safety has been compromised while on duty in Des Moines, our team of workers’ compensation attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., might be able to help you seek the compensation you believe you deserve. Call us at 877-327-2600 to get legal help today.



Industrial accident in Creston kills one man

An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is underway after a blast in a fertilizer plant in Creston that killed a 71-year-old worker and injured several others, whotv.com reported.

Although the chemical plant produces fertilizer, carbon dioxide and dry ice, the explosion allegedly was not caused by a chemical catalyst. Instead, the culprit of the industrial blast at the Green Valley Chemical Plant was a four-inch pipe. Creston Fire Chief Todd Jackson said workers were adjusting valves in an attempt to increase heat in the building. The pipe burst due to highly pressurized air. Tragically, this accident claimed the life of Eldon Ray Jr., who worked at the plant for 15 years. The incident also injured two other people.

Authorities said the explosion was so powerful, it reverberated throughout the town and damaged a six inch safety grade window.

The attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., extend heartfelt condolences to those affected by this tragic incident.



Laser hazard a workplace safety concern

As part of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) effort to reduce the risk of laser injuries in the workplace, the agency announced its collaboration with Laser Institute of America to create training programs and guidance that will educate workers and employers about laser safety, The Hill reported on January 5.

The OSHA said laser safety training materials will be presented at different industry safety shows and conventions. Exposure to lasers may lead to debilitating injuries, such as eye and skin injuries, blindness and tissue damage. Employees working in the industrial, construction, research and medical sectors are at an increased risk of laser injuries.

Incidents involving lasers are highly preventable. Unfortunately, many employers and contractors fail to enact safety measures in order to cut costs and speed up a project. If you have been involved in an injurious laser accident while on duty in Des Moines, speak with a workers’ compensation lawyer at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., to file a claim. Call us at 877-327-2600 today.



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