OSHA requiring employers to improve safety by collecting injury data

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is now requiring employers, especially those in high-hazard industries, to disclose all incidents of work-related injuries in an attempt to improve workplace safety.

In the new rule issued by OSHA, the workplace injuries or illnesses already required to be recorded by employers will be posted on OSHA’s official website. The new policy is intended to urge employers to maintain their facilities to prevent injuries and illnesses. Job seekers are expected to benefit from the publicly posted injury data of employers because they can choose workplaces with low injury rates. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that over 3 million workers sustain workplace injuries yearly. The new OSHA policy is expected to take effect on August 10.

The lawyers at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. understand that many workers experience a financial loss as a result of sustaining injuries in the workplace. If you are in such a situation, our firm may be able to help you earn the workers’ compensation you need for recovery. Call us at 877-327-2600 to learn more about your legal options.



OSHA urges employers to take Black Friday safety measures

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reminds large retailers in the country to take precautions to prevent potential hazards during the busiest shopping day of the year, according to a report by The Hill on Monday, November 17.

The agency wrote to major retailers across U.S. and encouraged them to set up a crowd management plan in preparation for Black Friday. OSHA also provided safety guidelines for ensuring workers safety, such as having an emergency plan for unexpected incidents, setting up barriers for waiting customers, and establishing a limit on the number of customers who can enter the store at one time.

Workplace hazards in retail stores are real. In fact, a retail employee was tragically trampled to death by shoppers surging through the door of a store in 2008. If you have been hurt while working in a dangerous shop in Des Moines, you might be eligible to seek compensation from your employer. Speak with an attorney at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600 to learn more about your options today.



New OSHA rules for workplace incident reporting take effect next year

Due to the many work-related deaths recorded last year, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will implement new requirements for employers reporting occupational injuries and deaths that will help the agency monitor at-risk companies.

On January 1, employers are expected to report any work-related death within eight hours. Any hospitalizations, amputations, or loss of an eye is also required to be reported within 24 hours. According to OSHA, the new method will help them focus their resources on unsafe workplaces that need intervention.

OSHA also announces it is developing a web portal to accommodate electronic incident reports.

If you have suffered from an occupational injury, find out if your situation qualifies for workers’ compensation by consulting with one of our attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. For over many years, we have been helping DesMoines workers seek the compensation they believe they deserve, and we might also be able to help you with your pursuit. Call us today at 877-327-2600.



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.



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.



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.



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