What you need to know about working in confined spaces

To reduce the number of fatalities and injuries associated with working in confined spaces, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently revised its policy requirement for confined space work, which now covers crawl spaces and attics.

The new ruling requires employers to implement a permit program to protect workers from the hazards of working in a dangerous confined space. Contractors are also required to conduct an inspection before entry to ensure that the air is free from toxic and flammable substances, proper ventilation is present, points of entry and exit have been identified, and all potential hazards are controlled.

Employees working in attics, crawl spaces, and other confined areas are at great risk of suffocation and engulfment. To know more about seeking the compensation you deserve after being injured in a work-related incident in Des Moines, our legal team at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. are willing to help you. Call us at 877-327-2600 today for a free evaluation of your case.



New beryllium exposure limit proposed by OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plans to lower workers’ exposure limit to industrial mineral beryllium in amounts up to ten times less than the current standard, according to a report by 9News.

The agency plans to lower beryllium exposure in the workplace to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter – much lower than the 2.0 mcg/m3 set by the Atomic Energy Commission in 1948. The agency estimates that around 50 serious illnesses and 100 deaths will be avoided annually by this move. Approximately 35,000 workers will be positively affected when this measure is approved.

Employees exposed to dangerous levels of beryllium may work in dental laboratories, metal foundries, and aircraft factories.

Being exposed to beryllium or other harmful elements at work can be tremendously worrying. You don’t have to feel alone at this crucial time. We at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. might be able to help you secure the financial assistance you need at this difficult time. Call our Des Moines office at 877-327-2600 to learn more about filing for workers’ compensation benefits today.



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