OSHA revises manual for firefighters’ safety

Firefighting is not an easy task.  Firefighters face potential hazards to their own health in their daily jobs. On September 17, the Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) published a revision of the manual, Fire Service Features of Buildings and Fire Protection Systems.

OSHA revised this publication, stating that fire personnel will be able to respond to an accident sooner and more safely if the building meets the needs outlined for emergencies. The revised manual also has new chapters on water supply and integration of design elements. The manual is aimed at helping emergency responders during fires and other emergencies, according to OSHA.

The OSHA Act of 1970 states that employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace for the employees.

If you are a firefighter or you know one who is aggravated by negligent employers, you may want to consult with our workers’ compensation lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. and call our Des Moines offices at 877-327-2600.

What you need to know about working in confined spaces

To reduce the number of fatalities and injuries associated with working in confined spaces, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently revised its policy requirement for confined space work, which now covers crawl spaces and attics.

The new ruling requires employers to implement a permit program to protect workers from the hazards of working in a dangerous confined space. Contractors are also required to conduct an inspection before entry to ensure that the air is free from toxic and flammable substances, proper ventilation is present, points of entry and exit have been identified, and all potential hazards are controlled.

Employees working in attics, crawl spaces, and other confined areas are at great risk of suffocation and engulfment. To know more about seeking the compensation you deserve after being injured in a work-related incident in Des Moines, our legal team at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. are willing to help you. Call us at 877-327-2600 today for a free evaluation of your case.

New beryllium exposure limit proposed by OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plans to lower workers’ exposure limit to industrial mineral beryllium in amounts up to ten times less than the current standard, according to a report by 9News.

The agency plans to lower beryllium exposure in the workplace to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter – much lower than the 2.0 mcg/m3 set by the Atomic Energy Commission in 1948. The agency estimates that around 50 serious illnesses and 100 deaths will be avoided annually by this move. Approximately 35,000 workers will be positively affected when this measure is approved.

Employees exposed to dangerous levels of beryllium may work in dental laboratories, metal foundries, and aircraft factories.

Being exposed to beryllium or other harmful elements at work can be tremendously worrying. You don’t have to feel alone at this crucial time. We at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. might be able to help you secure the financial assistance you need at this difficult time. Call our Des Moines office at 877-327-2600 to learn more about filing for workers’ compensation benefits today.

OSHA seeks to reiterate employers’ duty to maintain injury records

In light of a 2012 court decision, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed a new rule clarifying employers’ duty to keep records of work-related injuries and deaths within a five-year time period, according to a report by Business Insurance on July 29.

Under the proposed rulemaking, OSHA reiterated that employers are required to keep records of illnesses and injuries in the workplace that have resulted in deaths, job transfer or restriction of work activities, diagnosis of an illness, days off work, loss of consciousness, and treatment beyond first aid within a span of five years. However, the ruling doesn’t propose any additional illnesses or injuries that an employer needs to record other than what is already required.

Work-related accidents affect not just your physical well-being, but your financial stability as well. The legal team at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., may help you file a workers’ compensation claim, so you may receive funds while you are unable to work. Call our Des Moines office at 877-327-2600 for help.

OSHA to impose fines on hospitals that fail to protect workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced its plan to fine healthcare employers who don’t protect their employees from work hazards, according to a report by WWXI News on June 30.

Part of OSHA’s plan is to assess if hospitals are equipped with machines and devices to help lift and move patients. Because most injuries in the nursing industry involve the neck, the back or the arms, equipment would help nurses lift and transport patients while keeping ergonomic hazards at bay.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nurse Practitioning at Brockport, Jennifer Chesebro, said OSHA’s effort is a positive push for the hospitals to do more in protecting their workers.

Nurses are among those at highest risk of neck, back, and arm injuries. Unfortunately, these hazards also make them more prone to illnesses and disabilities that may impact their lives. To learn more about obtaining the protection you need after being injured while on duty in Des Moines, consult with our team of workers’ compensation lawyers at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600 today.

Campustown scaffolding accident results in deaths of two workers

Two men died after falling from scaffolding at a construction site in Campustown on Friday last week, according to a report by the Des Moines Register on June 22.

At around 5 p.m., authorities responded to the scene of the fatal workplace accident at a student housing project under construction on Lincoln Way. One construction worker immediately died at the scene. The other worker was rushed to the Mary Greeley Medical Center for his injuries but was later pronounced dead.

Witnesses said the two workers had been wearing their safety harnesses at the time of the incident, but the harnesses were not attached to the scaffolding’s safety ropes.

The Minneapolis-based contractor of the apartment building resumed their operation on Monday after temporarily suspending it over the weekend due to the incident.

The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Ames Police, and the Opus Group LLC are currently conducting an investigation, which is expected to conclude in six months or less.

OSHA promotes heat safety awareness at work

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stated that it will continue its efforts to reduce the risk of heat-related risks at work with the help of the National Weather Service, Farm Futures reported on June 11.

As part of the OSHA’s effort, the agency spruced up its Heat Safety Tool phone app, which aims to help site managers and workers calculate the heat index of their worksite and determine its risk level. The app will also feature steps to identify and mitigate symptoms of heat-related illness.

OSHA said outdoor workers, such as farmers, ranchers, and firefighters, are at the highest risk of heat-related incidents at work. Employees working indoors under high temperatures, such as bakery workers, may also suffer from heat illness.

If working under extreme heat has caused you to suffer from an illness or injury, our legal team at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., might be able to help you obtain the benefits you truly need. Call our Des Moines office at 877-327-2600 to learn more about filing a workers’ compensation claim.

Grain-related entrapment increased in 2014 – report

A report from Purdue University has revealed that the number of grain-related entrapments in the U.S. rose by 15% in 2014 compared with the year earlier, Safety + Health reported on June 3.

According to the report, 38 grain entrapments have been reported in 2014, which is higher than the 33 recorded in 2013. On the other hand, fatalities arising from such incidents increased from 13 in 2013 to 17 in 2014. The majority of grain entrapments happened in Midwest states, including Illinois.

In an interview, Purdue professor of agricultural health and safety Bill Field said young, inexperienced workers are at the highest risk of grain entrapments, as they may not yet understand when they are in a risky situation.

Being injured while on duty could be an incapacitating experience not just physically, but emotionally and financially as well. If you have been hurt while working in Des Moines, consult with a lawyer at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., to learn more about filing for workers’ compensation. Call us at 877-327-2600 and have your case assessed for free.

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.

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