Lack of sleep increases workplace injuries

According to a new study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, inadequate sleep can increase the risk of workplace accidents and illnesses. It found that 30 percent of American workers do not get enough sleep, up from 24 percent in the 1980s.

A lack of sleep can be contributed to working long shifts and working at irregular hours, like late in the night or morning. People who work long hours have a higher risk of injury and illness, long-term health effects, depression, occupational injury, and loss in mental function and physical ability.

The institute suggests employers should consider shifts as four ten-hour shifts or five eight-hour shifts.

If you have been injured on job, contact the workplace accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.



Injured stuntman considers negligence lawsuit

A stuntman for Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” is considering filing a negligence lawsuit against the show’s producers after he says he suffered a concussion, whiplash, and two holes in his knees due to unsafe aerial acrobatics.

He suffered whip lash, a concussion, and two herniated discs after he says a computer-controlled aerial acrobatics sent him flying into a wall on April 5th. He also claims that his acrobatics were not recalibrated for him after he filled in for another stuntman.

As a result, he says he made 70 hard landings during shows and rehearsals that created a 9-millimeter hole in his left knee and a 1.4-millimeter hole in his right knee.

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, contact the workplace accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



One killed in industrial accident

A 66 year-old man was killed earlier this week after he suffered blunt force trauma to his upper body in an industrial accident at a shipyard.

The man was a full-time sandblast helper and all authorities are releasing about the accident is that it involved a sandblaster. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is expected to help in the investigation.

The industrial company has been fined considerably by OSHA since 2001. It has received citations for welding-related and electrical violations totaling nearly $6,000. A deadly explosion in 2009 killed two workers and injured two others. OSHA found 17 willful violations, eight non-serious violations, and 11 serious violations and fined the company $1.3 million in relation to the fatal blast.

Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victim involved in this tragic accident.



Repairman falls to his death

A worker repairing a disabled elevator fell to his death on Friday morning after he fell nearly ten stories down an elevator shaft. The 44 year-old man is believed to have lost his balance, causing him to fall. The death occurred in a thirteen-story office building in New York City’s Garment District.

Employees in the building did not see him fall, but say they heard a sickening sound when he landed on the first floor. First responders say the man was in cardiac arrest when they found him and immediately took him to Bellevue University Hospital, where he later died.

Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the victim in this tragic accident.



Security Guard Injured While Trying to Stop Thief

A security guard employed at Menards, in Des Moines, was injured as she tried to stop a thief from fleeing the store.

The thief had stolen $400 worth of merchandise, when he jumped into the passenger seat of a getaway car in the store’s parking lot and ordered the driver to accelerate. The security guard then stood in front of the car, in an attempt to stop the thief from getting away.

She was hit by the car five times in her legs at a low speed. She then moved, and the car drove away. She suffered minor bruising on her legs.

If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, please contact the Des Moines workplace injuries attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



24 Year-Old Man Killed at Recycling Plant

A 24 year-old worker at a recycling plant was killed when the hood of his sweatshirt got caught in a conveyor belt, causing the man to choke to death. The man was not found until lunch time, when co-workers went to check on him.

The plant has only been in operation for three years, and it has been reported that this is the only death that has occurred. Results from an autopsy have not yet been released, and the tragedy is still being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with the victim’s friends and family during this difficult time.  We hope that measures are taken to prevent another tragedy like this from occurring.



Nobles accused of worker's comp fraud

Richard Nobles, who owns several subcontract labor companies including Express Services, Labor Fast, Fast Track Systems and CSI Services Inc., was indicted this week on four counts of workers’ compensation fraud.

Prosecutors allege that Nobles underreported the number of workers he had on his payroll with the ultimate intent of defrauding the insurance companies that he owed workers’ compensation premiums.

The total amount of unpaid premiums amounted to more than $1 million. The fraud took place from January 2006 to 2010.

He faces up to 12 years on each count of fraud.

Don’t turn to fraud to solve your worker’s compensation problems. If you are involved in a worker’s compensation benefits dispute, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.



Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation files against city of Middleton

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation this week issued multiple citations against the city of Middletown following the death of a city worker earlier this year.

The worker’s death was caused by inhalation of nitrogen fumes during a routine sewer line inspection. The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation alleges that the leakage was due to poor maintenance by the city and could have been avoided.

The 31-year-old worker opened a manhole on the 2500 block of Yankee Road on May 7 earlier this year when he inhaled the fumes. Three firefighters also inhaled the fumes and became ill while attempting to rescue the worker.

If you are seeking experienced advice when it comes to a workers compensation case, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.



Bricklayer killed in tragic construction accident

Last Friday, a man working as a bricklayer was killed in a tragic construction accident in Overland Park, Kansas.  The accident occurred at around 1:50 in the afternoon on West 175th Street at the building site for Blue Valley School.

According to Overland Park police, 52-year old James D. Tyree and two other men were working at the middle school when the scaffolding he was working on in a three story staircase collapsed from underneath him.  The workers fell between 30 and 35 feet.

Tyree was killed in the accident and the other two workers suffered a broken leg and other minor injuries.  The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the cause of the construction accident.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Tyree’s family and friends.



Man dies working construction at UI

49-year old Tom Fosdick of Cedar Rapids passed away Wednesday after falling at a construction site at University of Iowa on Monday.  Fosdick was employed by Swanson Glass, who was sub-contracted to work on a construction project to restore the exterior of the University of Iowa Boyd Law Building.

Iowa’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated the workplace accident and has already fined the project’s general contractor Miron Construction of Neenah, Wisconsin $15,293 for 19 safety violations.  OSHA has six to eight weeks total to investigate the incident and determine who, if anyone, was at fault for Fosdick’s death.

Construction at the law school resumed on Thursday.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Fosdick’s family and friends during this difficult time.



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