Walmart employees among injured in fatal pickup truck crash

Three people were killed and two were injured when a speeding pickup truck drove through a Walmart store entrance in Pella, Iowa.

According to initial reports, a silver Ford F-150 pickup truck travelling at a high rate of speed crashed into the building’s front door and came to a stop near a refrigerator in the store’s fresh produce aisle. The impact of the crash killed three and injured two people. According to an off-duty Walmart employee, at least two of the five casualties were Walmart employees.

How the accident actually occurred is yet to be determined, but it was clear that the incident did not appear to be intentional. Information about the identification and condition of the driver of the pickup truck is yet to be released.

If you or your loved one has been physically injured or sustained emotional harm as a result of an accident at work, you may be entitled to compensation. Our lawyers at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. have the skills and experience helping workers in need of disability benefits. Call us at 877-327-2600 to discuss your situation.

OSHA seeks to reiterate employers’ duty to maintain injury records

In light of a 2012 court decision, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed a new rule clarifying employers’ duty to keep records of work-related injuries and deaths within a five-year time period, according to a report by Business Insurance on July 29.

Under the proposed rulemaking, OSHA reiterated that employers are required to keep records of illnesses and injuries in the workplace that have resulted in deaths, job transfer or restriction of work activities, diagnosis of an illness, days off work, loss of consciousness, and treatment beyond first aid within a span of five years. However, the ruling doesn’t propose any additional illnesses or injuries that an employer needs to record other than what is already required.

Work-related accidents affect not just your physical well-being, but your financial stability as well. The legal team at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., may help you file a workers’ compensation claim, so you may receive funds while you are unable to work. Call our Des Moines office at 877-327-2600 for help.

OSHA to impose fines on hospitals that fail to protect workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced its plan to fine healthcare employers who don’t protect their employees from work hazards, according to a report by WWXI News on June 30.

Part of OSHA’s plan is to assess if hospitals are equipped with machines and devices to help lift and move patients. Because most injuries in the nursing industry involve the neck, the back or the arms, equipment would help nurses lift and transport patients while keeping ergonomic hazards at bay.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nurse Practitioning at Brockport, Jennifer Chesebro, said OSHA’s effort is a positive push for the hospitals to do more in protecting their workers.

Nurses are among those at highest risk of neck, back, and arm injuries. Unfortunately, these hazards also make them more prone to illnesses and disabilities that may impact their lives. To learn more about obtaining the protection you need after being injured while on duty in Des Moines, consult with our team of workers’ compensation lawyers at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600 today.

Grain-related entrapment increased in 2014 – report

A report from Purdue University has revealed that the number of grain-related entrapments in the U.S. rose by 15% in 2014 compared with the year earlier, Safety + Health reported on June 3.

According to the report, 38 grain entrapments have been reported in 2014, which is higher than the 33 recorded in 2013. On the other hand, fatalities arising from such incidents increased from 13 in 2013 to 17 in 2014. The majority of grain entrapments happened in Midwest states, including Illinois.

In an interview, Purdue professor of agricultural health and safety Bill Field said young, inexperienced workers are at the highest risk of grain entrapments, as they may not yet understand when they are in a risky situation.

Being injured while on duty could be an incapacitating experience not just physically, but emotionally and financially as well. If you have been hurt while working in Des Moines, consult with a lawyer at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., to learn more about filing for workers’ compensation. Call us at 877-327-2600 and have your case assessed for free.

Complaints filed against McDonald’s over workplace safety issues

Complaints have been filed in troves against the world’s largest fast food restaurant chain McDonald’s over unsafe working conditions and low minimum pay, the Chicago Business Journal reported on March 16.

In hopes of compelling the fast food giant to increase their minimum pay and improve workplace safety, 28 complaints from 19 different cities in the U.S. were filed against McDonald’s since the start of this month. The complaints were organized by a campaign called Fight for $15, which was coordinated by the Service Employees International Union.

Among the complaints filed was a case in which an insufficiently trained worker was burned after working with grease. Another worker stated that a slippery floor caused her to fall and burn her arm on a hot surface, causing burn injuries.

Last year, a survey revealed that four in five workers in fast food restaurants received burns while on the job. If you have been injured while performing your duties in Des Moines, a lawyer at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., might be able to help you file for workers’ compensation. Call us at 877-327-2600 to learn more about how to make a claim.

Workplace incidents could be at the highest during daylight saving time change

Lost sleep caused by the daylight saving time (DST) change may put employees at a higher risk of workplace injuries, an article published by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) stated on Friday, March 6.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, losing even just an hour of sleep while adjusting to the new DST schedule may increase the risk of a workplace incident. In a study that examined the U.S. Department of Labor and Mine Safety and Health Administration’s data from 1983 to 2006, a 5.7% increase in injuries occurred on that day. Additionally, more severe injuries were reported.

SHRM said one way employers can reduce the risk of workplace incident during DST change is to schedule highly-dangerous tasks at the end of the week to ensure that everyone has adjusted to the time shift.

A workplace injury could affect your ability to earn an income for you and your family.  To learn more about how to file for a workers’ compensation claim after being hurt in Des Moines, speak with an attorney at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.

Nurses and nursing aides most vulnerable to hospital hazards

Hospital workers face the everyday challenge of taking care of patients. This noble task exposes them to several unique hazards, such as exposure to highly contagious, sometimes life-threatening diseases, trips and falls when lifting and moving patients, and physical injuries caused by patient violence.

Nurses and nursing aides are at the forefront of these hazards. In 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimated that there were 1,556,930 registered nurses, 136,190 licensed practical nurses, and 384,100 nursing aides currently employed in hospitals across the country. Every day, they are exposed to these injury catalysts:

  • Overexertion and bodily reaction
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Contact with objects or equipment
  • Violence
  • Hazardous substances
  • Transportation accidents

Most hospital injuries are highly preventable, especially if the management considers the safety of its workers its highest priority. If you suffered a work-related injury in Des Moines, our team of workers’ compensation attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., might be able to help you seek the compensation you believe you deserve. Call us at 877-327-2600 and learn more about your options today.

Industrial accident in Creston kills one man

An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is underway after a blast in a fertilizer plant in Creston that killed a 71-year-old worker and injured several others, reported.

Although the chemical plant produces fertilizer, carbon dioxide and dry ice, the explosion allegedly was not caused by a chemical catalyst. Instead, the culprit of the industrial blast at the Green Valley Chemical Plant was a four-inch pipe. Creston Fire Chief Todd Jackson said workers were adjusting valves in an attempt to increase heat in the building. The pipe burst due to highly pressurized air. Tragically, this accident claimed the life of Eldon Ray Jr., who worked at the plant for 15 years. The incident also injured two other people.

Authorities said the explosion was so powerful, it reverberated throughout the town and damaged a six inch safety grade window.

The attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., extend heartfelt condolences to those affected by this tragic incident.

Laser hazard a workplace safety concern

As part of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) effort to reduce the risk of laser injuries in the workplace, the agency announced its collaboration with Laser Institute of America to create training programs and guidance that will educate workers and employers about laser safety, The Hill reported on January 5.

The OSHA said laser safety training materials will be presented at different industry safety shows and conventions. Exposure to lasers may lead to debilitating injuries, such as eye and skin injuries, blindness and tissue damage. Employees working in the industrial, construction, research and medical sectors are at an increased risk of laser injuries.

Incidents involving lasers are highly preventable. Unfortunately, many employers and contractors fail to enact safety measures in order to cut costs and speed up a project. If you have been involved in an injurious laser accident while on duty in Des Moines, speak with a workers’ compensation lawyer at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., to file a claim. Call us at 877-327-2600 today.

OSHA holds off combustible dust regulations

A regulatory agenda released last month shows that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) included the proposed regulation for combustible dust to their list of “long-term action,” and has not set any deadline or timeline about its progress, a report by The Charleston Gazette stated on Tuesday, December 9.

OSHA spokesperson Jesse Lawder said that although the move was done to prioritize other rules, it does not mean that the agency has lost its interest in making a rule on combustible dust, as it remains one of the U.S.’s most fatal workplace hazards. Data from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board shows that from 2008 to 2013, 50 workplace incidents involving combustible dust occurred, killing 29 people and injuring 161 others.

Improper storage and poor handling of explosive materials, such as combustible dust, are among the many possible causes of workplace explosions. But regardless of the cause, many times workplace explosions could have been prevented if the employer had not failed to implement measures that would have ensured the safety of their workers. To find out how to hold negligent employers legally accountable for the damages you have incurred, consult with a Des Moines workers compensation lawyer at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.

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