OSHA: Workers need water, rest and shade to prevent heat illnesses

For the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched its campaign raising awareness about work-related heat illnesses among employers and workers, The Times and Democrat reported on June 1.

U.S. Labor Department Secretary Thomas Perez believes employers play a vital role in preventing heat illnesses among workers. He stated that keeping workers hydrated, providing access to shaded areas, and allowing rest time are key steps in maintaining a healthy workforce during the hot summer months.

Workers in the transportation, landscaping, agriculture, and construction industries are at a high risk of heat sickness.

There are times that the employer fails to provide adequate measures to keep workers safe from any workplace hazards, including heat. If you believe employer negligence has been the reason for your injury or illness in Des Moines, a lawyer at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., might be able to help you file for workers’ compensation benefits. Call us at 877-327-2600 to learn how we may assist you.

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.

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