Ten most frequently cited safety violations of 2014

In September, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Safety Council’s (NSC) Safety+Health magazine have announced the ten most frequently violated OSHA standards for the financial year 2014.

Deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs Patrick Kapust and senior associate editor for the NSC’s Safety+Health magazine Kyle Morrison revealed the list during the NSC’s 2014 Congress and Expo held at the San Diego Convention Center. Several entries moved a few notches up or down from last year.

The list is as follows:

  1. Fall protection (6,143 violations)
  2. Hazard communication (5,161)
  3. Scaffolding (4,029)
  4. Respiratory protection (3,223)
  5. Lockout/tagout (2,704)
  6. Powered industrial trucks (2,662)
  7. Electrical, wiring methods (2,490)
  8. Ladders (2,448)
  9. Machine guarding (2,200)
  10. Electrical, general requirements (2,056)

At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., we assist injured workers in DesMoines in applying and qualifying for workers compensation. To learn more about how our compassionate and dedicated lawyers might be able to help you, call us at 877-327-2600 today.



Industrial accident sends one Heinz contractor to hospital

A worker was injured following an industrial accident that occurred at the Heinz factory in Muscatine on Thursday, August 21.

At 3:27 p.m., emergency services were called to rescue a man pinned under a piece of industrial equipment while working at the Heinz facility on 1357 N. Isett Ave. The worker, whose name was withheld, had already been freed when the emergency crew arrived. He was airlifted to Genesis East hospital in Davenport for treatment.

In a statement released by H.J. Heinz Co., senior vice president of corporate and government affairs Michael Mullen stated that the company was prompt in responding to the incident, and that they are dedicated in ensuring safety among their employees. The statement further said the company is fully investigating the accident.

The conclusion of this investigation, and of other investigations, could be that the incident could have been prevented if the proper measures were taken. If you were hurt while on duty in Des Moines, a workers’ compensation lawyer at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. might be able to help secure the benefits you believe you deserve. Call us now at 877-327-2600 see if you’re eligibility for such action.



Senator asks about OSHA’s steps in ensuring temporary workers’ safety

Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) wrote a letter to Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) director David Michaels inquiring about the agency’s efforts in ensuring the safety of temporary workers, a report by ProPublica.org stated on Thursday, July 10.

Casey wrote that he was concerned about a sugar plant accident in Pennsylvania that led to the death of a temporary worker after he was suffocated by a bank of sugar. OSHA initially fined the plant $25,855, but later cut that amount down to $18,098. The fine was reduced in spite of the plant’s failure to conduct training among temporary workers, and on its removal of a safety device that could have prevented the incident.

Each year, many temporary workers suffer from workplace accidents like this due to the employer’s failure to provide a safe, hazard-free working environment. If you have been injured while at work, a Des Moines workers’ comp lawyer at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., might be able to help you seek the compensation you need. Call us at 877-327-2600 to learn more about filing a workers’ compensation claim.



OSHA releases its online workplace safety game

Hazard identification in manufacturing and construction sites is the focus of an online safety game recently released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to a report in Equipment World on Friday, June 20.

The game is comprised of key components in identifying workplace hazards, namely information gathering, workplace observation, incident investigation, employee involvement, and hazard prioritization. During the game, the player has the option to play the role of either an employee or an employer, and may also choose between the construction and the manufacturing sectors. The game also allows the player to come up with viable solutions to abate workplace hazards.

With a team of 14 attorneys and 23 supporting staff members, LaMarca Law Group, P.C., has been successful in helping injured workers in Des Moines secure the workers’ compensation benefits they need, and might also be able to help you. Call us at 877-327-2600 to learn more about what we can offer.



Annual worker safety report found 4,600 workplace deaths

An annual worker safety report by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization (AFL-CIO) entitled Death on the Job recorded more than 4,600 workplace deaths and about 50,000 deaths due to workplace illnesses in 2012, Huffington Post reported on May 8.

The report states that in 2012, the U.S. had a death rate of 3.4 in every 100,000 workers. North Dakota recorded the highest number of workplace fatalities in the U.S., with a death rate of 17.7 per 100,000 workers. Other U.S. states with high workplace mortality rates were Wyoming (12.2 per 100,000 workers) and Alaska (8.9 per 100,000 workers).

Director of safety and health at the AFL-CIO Peg Seminario stated that although the country has improved the promotion of workers’ safety, the number of workplace deaths is still “too high and unacceptable.”

For many years, our team at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. has been helping injured workers in Des Moines file for workers’ compensation benefits and may also be able to legally assist you. Call us at 877-327-2600 to discuss your options.



Ergonomic illnesses affect nearly 6 of 10 poultry workers, federal study says

A study by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that more than half of poultry plant workers across the country are suffering from ergonomic injuries, casting doubts over the U.S. Agriculture Department’s (USDA) proposal to speed up poultry lines by adapting a new inspection system.

According to the study, nearly 6 out of 10 poultry plant workers in the U.S. are suffering from musculoskeletal issues, while 4 out of 10 are dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome. The United Food and Commercial Workers, a union whose members include thousands of poultry workers, said speeding up the production in poultry plants would translate to a higher number of workplace injuries.

The USDA plans to accelerate poultry plant production for up to a maximum of 175 carcasses every minute by implementing changes in the inspection system.

For many years, our legal team at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., has been helping DesMoines workers who have suffered from work-related illnesses file for workers’ compensation. If you too are planning to file a claim, call us at 877-327-2600 to know if we might be able to help you.



Investigation over a Storm Lake plant fire might last a few days

The Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office has stated that an investigation over a fire at a turkey processing plant in Storm Lake may last for quite a few days, according to an online report published Monday, March 24.

In a statement, the Storm Lake Department of Public Safety said firefighters from Storm Lake rushed to Hillshire Brands turkey processing plant after a fire alarm sounded at about 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 22. The firefighters got the fire under control after three hours, though they didn’t leave the scene until all the flames were completely extinguished at around 1:15 p.m.

No civilians were injured in the fire, though one firefighter did reportedly sustain a shoulder injury.

When you sustain a workplace-related injury in Des Moines, our legal team at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., knows how difficult recovery can be. Fortunately, you might be owed workers’ compensation insurance benefits, so call us at 877-327-2600 to discuss your situation and find out how we may be able to help.



Groups oppose OSHA’s proposed reporting rule

The Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc. (RIMS) recently issued a letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Monday, March 10 opposing OSHA’s new proposal to require employers with more than 250 employees to electronically report any injury at work.

OSHA said electronic reporting would allow up-to-date and efficient access to accident data by the public. However, RIMS said it would compel employers not to report minor work-related injuries to maintain low workplace accident rates.

Groups opposing the bill also stated it would make the employers vulnerable to privacy concerns.

If you have a pending workers’ compensation claim, getting help through the process can be critical to getting a positive response. The lawyers from LaMarca Law Group, P.C., can help anyone in Des Moines who has been injured at work understand this process and their rights to workers’ compensation insurance. Call us at 877-327-2600 to find out more about how we can help you.



Small business owners expect workers safety issues will get their attention this year

A survey conducted by small business insurance specialist Employers has found that most small business owners think they will be spending much of their time dealing with workplace safety issues in 2014.

In the online report released Monday, February 17, 35% of employers stated that they believe they will be addressing workplace safety risk more than any other business risks, such as professional liability, natural disasters and cyber security. The survey further revealad that 4 of 5 respondents believe they are not that ready to face common workplace safety issues, such as fires, explosions, trips, and falls.

The survey involved 502 small businesses with 100 employees or less.

With years of experience helping injured workers from Des Moines, our team at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., is prepared to assist you in the arduous process of obtaining workers’ compensation. Call us at 877-327-2600 if you have been injured in your workplace and want to claim workers’ comp benefits.



OSHA and Iowa Division of Labor investigate fatal Walmart accident

An online report published by the Clinton Herald on Saturday, January 18 stated that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Iowa Division of Labor are currently investigating the death of Charles M. Wilson, 63. Wilson died in a Walmart storage room in Clinton on January 1.

Executive officer of OSHA Jens Nissen said in an interview that the investigation hopes to be concluded within six months. Meanwhile, a spokesperson with the company claimed Walmart is currently working with OSHA on the investigation.

Wilson sustained injuries after falling off a ladder in the store’s storage room. He was rushed to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, but was pronounced dead five days later.

Unfortunately, workplace accidents can be fatal, causing painful and tragic losses such as this. If you have lost a loved one in a workplace accident in Des Moines, talk with a lawyer from LaMarca Law Group, P.C., about pursuing workers’ compensation and benefits to help you through this difficult time. We can be reached at 877-327-2600.



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