Iowa Farming Industry Continues with Highest Fatalities

Last year Iowa was declared by the Iowa Department of Public Health to have the highest rate of worker fatalities in the entire Midwest. It is no secret that agriculture plays an important role in the state’s economy, with major industries including forestry, fishing, and hunting. But agricultural workers continue to be subjected to a number of hazards that put them at high risk for injury and death.

There are other factors that make Iowa in particular dangerous in these industries. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa employs a large number of older individuals, and has a lack of safety equipment. On top of this, farming involves long hours, working with large equipment, and dealing with a number of chemicals. Agricultural workers are exposed to numerous health hazards that include:

  • Respiratory Risks
  • Skin Disorders
  • Cancers
  • Hearing Loss
  • Chemical Hazards
  • Overheating

The significant risks that farmers are subject to can often be prevented, but the necessary precautions are often not taken to protect the workers in the field.

At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., our Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys believe that the health of farm workers needs to be protected, and are here to help anyone who has suffered from work-related injury. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed on the job, then contacting out legal team can help you receive the financial support to help recovery. Contact our offices today at 877-327-2600.

Is your shoulder injury covered under Iowa’s workers’ comp law?

Shoulder injuries are among the most common injuries suffered by employees. The types of injuries associated with shoulder joints range from mildly uncomfortable to severely painful, but any variation of discomfort may affect a worker’s ability to perform job-related tasks. The most frequently reported types of shoulder injuries are:

  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome

An employee is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if the shoulder injury or shoulder pain was cause by the performance of job-related duties or a workplace accident. The employer’s insurance must pay for all the medical bills associated with the injury. Income replacement benefits may be provided when the employee needs to adjust work duties, is unable to return to work, or is permanently affected by the injury.

If you sustained a shoulder injury in a workplace accident or during your employment, please get in touch with our workers’ compensation lawyers at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. to learn about your legal options. Call our Des Moines office at 877-327-2600 today.

OSHA cites Iowa hog farm for workplace safety violations

The Iowa Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recently cited an Iowa hog farm for four serious workplace safety violations. The company, Anogla  Pork LLC, received the citation after a group of workers made a federal complaint earlier this year.

The citation states that the employers failed to make sure that the facilities were furnished in a way that they were free from hazards that could potentially cause worker injuries. The OSHA inspection took place on Sept. 19 and it was found that the power washers were improperly installed and could cause injury to workers if they were struck by the high pressure hose. Workers also claimed that they were not trained on how to use the power hoses properly.

Another violation stated that the employers failed to provide soap for them to wash their hands before eating meals and many suffered gastrointestinal illnesses that the believe is a result of working in unsanitary conditions. OSHA also found that Angola did not have  a log of workplace injuries on record. They were fined a total of $3,2oo in penalties.


Study finds injured workers likely to abuse prescribed narcotics

The Workers Compensation Research Institute published a report this week that shows one in 12 injured workers prescribed narcotics are still taking them three to six months later. The study suggests that doctors are failing to follow the recommended treatment guidelines to avoid abuse.

According to the Insurance Journal, the report revealed that the injured workers still on narcotics three to six months after their injury could lead to increased disability or work loss. Drug testing to prevent abuse and psychological evaluation were also less common than recommended.

Another study conducted in 2009 by the National Council on Compensation Insurance revealed that about a quarter of all prescription workers’ compensation costs were for narcotics.

If you or someone you love has questions about workers’ compensation after being injured at work, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600.

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