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.



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.



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