Man killed in tower tank accident in Sergeant Bluff

According to a news report by the Sioux City Journal, an accident on a construction site at CF Industries in Sergeant Bluff resulted in the death of a 44-year-old man from Tecumseh. The incident happened at around 2:40 p.m. on March 19, according to a news release from the Woodbury County Sheriff.

Two men were working at a tower tank when the accident occurred. They were entrapped in the confined space, according to ktiv.com, and the 44-year-old man was left unconscious, while the other worker was able to escape and was taken to Mercy Medical Center.

A spokesperson for CF Industries stated that the area of the accident is currently not in use and is not dangerous to employees and contractors.

The incident is subject to further investigation.



Trench collapse kills Colfax man

According to Des Moines Register, a 30-year-old man passed away after being trapped in a trench collapse on January 6 at a construction site in Altoona. The news release showed that the victim was under JRS Excavating and that the accident happened at around 8:15 a.m.

Altoona Police Sergeant Jason Ferguson said that they responded to a call at a site located north of the Fifth Avenue Northwest and Adventureland Drive intersection. They found the worker, who was part of a team involved in the digging of the trench and excavation work being done for a sewer pipe, buried after the walls of the trench collapsed.

Emergency responders spent hours working to rescue the worker, but were unable to do so as the tunnel they were attempting to dig in order to reach him repeatedly collapsed. Eventually the team recovered the man’s body at around 2:30 in the afternoon.

Jens Nissen, the administrator of Iowa’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, stated that the objective now was to see whether the employer obeyed the construction and excavation laws. Citations will be given if violations are confirmed.



Worker dies after Buffalo quarry accident

The Quad-City Times reported that a worker at a cement company died after an accident at Continental Cement Co. on December 15. A Medic ambulance and the authorities from Buffalo Police and Fire Departments were called to the scene of the accident at around 3:00 p.m. when a man suffered head trauma after he was hit by a falling boom, reports stated.

According to a Buffalo officer, the man was doing contract work for the Lafarge company at the time of the accident. The boom malfunctioned while being lowered and fell, causing the man to be trapped under the heavy piece of machinery. Sergeant Alex Gries of the Buffalo PD said that the victim appeared to be in stable condition when responders arrived and was taken to a hospital.

Unfortunately, the worker sustained serious damage to his head, neck, and chest, and he died of his injuries after being transported to General East Hospital in Davenport.

The accident is being investigated by officials including the Mine Safety and Health Administration.



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.



Demolition-related deaths prompt OSHA to address the issue

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 Law Group, 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.



OSHA aims to raise awareness of construction falls

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 Law Group, 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.



Worker injured in Spirit Lake demolition accident

An excavator operator sustained injuries after his machine fell through the floor and landed on the basement of Spirit Lake City Hall on Tuesday morning, September 11.

The excavating machine that was being used to demolish the old building fell through and landed on its side at around 9:30 a.m., Sioux City television station KTIV reports.

The unnamed operator received treatment for multiple cuts caused by broken glass on a local hospital. Work was resumed after the excavator was removed a day after the accident.

Being injured at work can cause serious injuries and the accrual of burdensome medical bills. Fortunately, with the help of a lawyer from LaMarca Law Group, P.C., injured workers in Des Moines can pursue the workers’ compensation benefits that they need. Call us at 877-327-2600 to discuss filing a claim and how we can help.



Construction worker critically injured in highway accident

A construction worker from Marshalltown was critically injured while working at interstate 80/35 at around 8:30 p.m. on Monday, August 5. The Iowa State Patrol reported that 50-year-old construction worker Trinidad Banderas was run over by an excavator due to poor visibility.

Iowa Department of Transportation spokesperson Andy Loonan says because of heavy traffic in the day time, it was necessary for workers to do their jobs at night so they can stop traffic on chosen lanes of the road when there are fewer cars. Loonan also warned people about the dangers of working in construction areas and cautioned drivers on the necessity of driving carefully in these areas.

If you or someone you know has been injured on-the-job in Des Moines, our attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., can potentially help you fight for the compensation you need. Discuss your options by calling 877-327-2600 today.



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