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Nurses and nursing aides most vulnerable to hospital hazards

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 No Comments

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

Posted on February 10th, 2015 No Comments

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

Posted on January 26th, 2015 No Comments

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

Posted on January 13th, 2015 No Comments

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.

OSHA holds off combustible dust regulations

Posted on December 16th, 2014 No Comments

A regulatory agenda released last month shows that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) included the proposed regulation for combustible dust to their list of “long-term action,” and has not set any deadline or timeline about its progress, a report by The Charleston Gazette stated on Tuesday, December 9.

OSHA spokesperson Jesse Lawder said that although the move was done to prioritize other rules, it does not mean that the agency has lost its interest in making a rule on combustible dust, as it remains one of the U.S.’s most fatal workplace hazards. Data from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board shows that from 2008 to 2013, 50 workplace incidents involving combustible dust occurred, killing 29 people and injuring 161 others.

Improper storage and poor handling of explosive materials, such as combustible dust, are among the many possible causes of workplace explosions. But regardless of the cause, many times workplace explosions could have been prevented if the employer had not failed to implement measures that would have ensured the safety of their workers. To find out how to hold negligent employers legally accountable for the damages you have incurred, consult with a Des Moines workers compensation lawyer at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.

Employees working changing shifts at increased risk of injury

Posted on December 4th, 2014 No Comments

A study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health found that workers who switch between different work schedules are at an elevated risk of injury, the Canadian Occupational Health and Safety News reported on November 17.

According to the study, employees who worked permanently during non-standard hours, or evenings and nights, were 1.5 times at risk of workplace injury. However, the risk became higher among workers who switched schedules. Workers who shifted from non-standard working hours to daytime were found to be 2.4 times more likely to be injured while on duty, while workers who changed schedule from daytime to non-standard were 2.6 times more at risk.

Although the data from the study has not explained why, study author Dr. Imelda Wong believes the elevated risk of injury could be linked to decreased cognitive alertness and health conditions brought about by changing work schedules.

As such, it is important for all employers, especially those who manage night shift work, to put in place proper measures to ensure that workers are safe while on duty. If you have been hurt due to a negligent employer in Des Moines, our team of workers’ compensation lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., might be able to help you claim financial restitution for the damages you have incurred. Call us at 877-327-2600 for a free assessment of your case.

OSHA urges employers to take Black Friday safety measures

Posted on November 24th, 2014 No Comments

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reminds large retailers in the country to take precautions to prevent potential hazards during the busiest shopping day of the year, according to a report by The Hill on Monday, November 17.

The agency wrote to major retailers across U.S. and encouraged them to set up a crowd management plan in preparation for Black Friday. OSHA also provided safety guidelines for ensuring workers safety, such as having an emergency plan for unexpected incidents, setting up barriers for waiting customers, and establishing a limit on the number of customers who can enter the store at one time.

Workplace hazards in retail stores are real. In fact, a retail employee was tragically trampled to death by shoppers surging through the door of a store in 2008. If you have been hurt while working in a dangerous shop in Des Moines, you might be eligible to seek compensation from your employer. Speak with an attorney at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600 to learn more about your options today.

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.



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