Federal government to face major workplace safety challenges next year

A report released by the Inspector General on December 18 projected that the Labor Department will face major challenges in protecting the health and safety of workers in the country this coming year.

The report stated that, although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been successful in decreasing workplace deaths in the country, OSHA faces the challenge of extending its reach to areas and industries with the highest risk of workplace injuries.

OSHA, which was created in 1970, monitors more than 8 million businesses in the country to ensure safety and health measures are being implemented in the workplace.

Workers suffering from the physical and financial burdens of dealing with a workplace injury should seek help from a lawyer when seeking worker’s compensation. If you live in Des Moines and have been harmed in a workplace accident, our lawyers from LaMarca Law Group, P.C., can help. Call us at 877-327-2600 today.



Asbestos fraud non-existent, White House claims

In a statement released on Tuesday, November 12, the White House opposed the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act, which is designed to increase the transparency of asbestos bankruptcy trusts, claiming that the measure was established on a false assumption of prevalent fraudulent deals in the trusts’ system.

The statement added that the FACT Act would expose vital information of individuals who had taken legal action for asbestos-related injuries or illnesses to the public, making them at risk of privacy violations.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and various insurance groups believe that the FACT Act would end duplicated asbestos-related claims and ensure assets for the benefit of future asbestos claimants by requiring asbestos trusts to make additional information about the victims’ claim publicly available.

An individual planning to file an asbestos-related complaint against an employer might find himself confused regarding the legal intricacies, making it necessary to have an effective legal team equipped with the knowledge of how to successfully handle asbestos lawsuits. If you are planning to file a lawsuit due to asbestos-related illnesses in Iowa, our lawyers from LaMarca Law Group, P.C., are ready to help. Call us at 877-327-2600 to seek legal advice.



Labor Department to intensify measures for reporting workplace injuries

Companies with more than 250 employees would have to electronically file any report of a workplace injury or illness on a quarterly basis under new measures proposed by the federal government on Thursday, November 7.

The head of the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) David Michaels said the proposal would allow safety inspectors, workers, employers, researchers, and the public greater access to data regarding work-related incidents. Additionally, proponents suggest it will make companies more compliant with safety regulations.

The proposal also requires companies in selected industries with high injury and illness rates with 20 or more employees to electronically submit a summary of work-related incidents once a year.

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury as a result of performing work duties, you might be able to file a claim for workers’ compensation. Our legal team at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., helps workers in Des Moines get the compensation they need after such an injury, so call us at 877-327-2600 to find out how we can help.



Tips for avoiding common workplace injuries

Workplace injuries can be hard on you in many ways. Fortunately, there are simple things you can do in order to better prevent these injuries from happening. Here are some tips to avoid common back, leg, neck, and knee injuries:

  • About 5 minutes of daily morning stretches helps loosen your muscles and stretch your body.
  • Know how to properly lift and what specific lifting techniques are best.
  • Stand close to the load you’re lifting with your feet shoulder width apart.
  • When squatting down, keep your back in neutral posture.
  • Make sure your grip is firm before attempting to pick up the load.
  • Always lift with your legs.
  • Spread out your loads in order to better ease the strain on your back.

If you work in an office, here are a few steps you can take to ease your back:

  • Sit in a chair with a straight back and/or low back support.
  • Keep your knees slightly higher than your hips. You can do this by adjusting your seat or using a stool beneath your feet.

Unfortunately, many workplace injuries cannot be prevented, leaving workers injured and in need of financial assistance. To get help filing your workers’ compensation claim in Des Moines after being injured at work, contact a lawyer from LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



Electrical explosion at manufacturing plant wounds 5

Authorities are currently investigating an electrical explosion that happened on July 20 in a northwestern Iowa manufacturing plant that resulted in five people sustaining burns. They are trying to find out what could have caused the blast.

Workers at the Timewell Tile plant in Sibley were transferring some power lines to another set of transformers when the explosion occurred, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s office.

Five men sustained extensive burns in the incident, Lt. Seth Hoffman said. The names of the workers were not released, but authorities did state that two were from Timewell and three were from Current Electric.

If you are involved in an accident in the workplace in Iowa, you may be owed workers’ compensation for the injuries you have suffered. Don’t hesitate to seek the assistance of a skilled lawyer from LaMarca Law Group, P.C., in getting these benefits by calling 877-327-2600.



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