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.

Employee’s death blamed on unsafe work conditions

The death of a Gilroy, California city employee is blamed on the city’s failure to provide adequate, state-mandated safety controls.

The man, who was working on the road, was hit by a van and died at the scene. According to reports, the driver ran over something in the street and, distracted by the sound, looked away from the road to see what had caused it. In those few seconds, he hit the city worker who was standing in the middle of the street.

OSHA has issued two citations to the city of Gilroy, claiming that the lack of traffic controls and protective work clothing and equipment were major factors in the man’s death. The city plans on appealing the citations, totaling $21,600 in fines.

Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the man who died in this 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.

Arkansas woman’s worker’s compensation case reaches Supreme Court of AR

The Arkansas Supreme Court this week ruled in favor or a Little Rock nursing assistant who was injured in a fall while on the job, ruling that she is eligible for workers compensation benefits.

According to court documents, in October 2008 the woman was returning to a mandatory work meeting after a cigarette break when she fell and fractured her left arm.

After she filed a workers compensation claim seeking medical and temporary total disability benefits, her employer rejected her claim. She then took them to local court, where an administrative law judge ruled in the woman’s favor.

The case was then appealed by the company, and an appeals court overturned this ruling. The woman then appealed her case to the Supreme Court where the original ruling was upheld.

If you are seeking experienced legal counsel regarding workers’ compensation, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.

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.

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.

PA brass foundry fined $500,000 by OSHA

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) last week announced intentions to impose penalties of more than $550,000 against Excelsior Brass Works in Blandon, PA, which is owned by Kief Industries Inc.

The fines are in response to investigations that determined that the brass foundry knowingly exposed workers to lead, violating federal workplace health and safety standards.

The Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA stated, “The employer deliberately refused to protect workers from overexposure to lead and other workplace hazards.”

Kief Industries has been given 15 business days to respond to the penalties.

Exposure to lead is a serious workplace hazard. If you or someone you know has been the victim of negligent workplace safety standards, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 to learn more about your rights.

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