U.S. workplace deaths improving for the past 20 years

Figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) have shown the country’s workplace death rate has been steadily improving every year for the past two decades, according to an online report published on November 3.

Data from the BLS revealed the rate of workplace deaths across the country is 25% lower than that of 2006. Last year, the country recorded 3.2 fatal workplace injuries per 100,000 workers – a significant improvement from the 4.2 per 100,000 recorded in 2006. BLS stated that the decrease in the number of high-risk outdoor occupations has contributed to the improvement.

Although there is a relative improvement in the number of work-related deaths in the country, a great number of American workers are still part of high-risk industries, many of whom are unfortunately defenseless to workplace hazards. If you believe your injury has been a result of your employer’s negligence, consult with a workers’ compensation attorney at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., to explore your legal options. Call our Des Moines office at 877-327-2600 today.



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.



Exec. order scrutinizes contractors bidding for federal contracts

As part of the White House’s efforts to improve working conditions of millions of American employees, federal contractors will now be required to divulge any labor law violations they committed from the previous three years to bid on a federal contract.

In an executive order President Barack Obama signed on Thursday, July 31, companies competing for federal procurement contracts valued at more than $500,000 would have to declare violations committed against workers’ basic rights, including safety and wage law violations. The order came in light after a report that showed 18 of the 100 heavily-fined agencies from 2007 to 2012 were federal contractors.

Companies receiving federal contracts employ 22% of the nation’s workforce. Out of these millions of workers, a handful of them have unfortunately been violated by the company, in terms of safety, health, or compensation. To learn more about filing for workers’ compensation in Des Moines, consult with our team of workers’ comp attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600 today.



Demolition-related deaths prompt OSHA to address the issue

In light of the recent fatalities in the construction industry during demolition procedures, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has announced updated demolition safety procedures on its website that would help educate workers and employers about hazard assessment and mitigation.

In a press statement released on July 10, the OSHA also said it recently conducted demolition safety training to benefit workers and employers in Philadelphia on the federal, state, and local government levels.

According to the OSHA, fatalities in the demolition industry could be prevented with proper planning, use of appropriate protective equipment, training, and compliance with the OSHA safety standards.

Unfortunately, many contractors still fall short in providing a safe, hazard-free workplace. If you believe the injury you have acquired at work is caused by your employer’s negligence, a dedicated and assertive lawyer at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., might be able to assist you in filing for workers’ compensation in Des Moines. Consult with us by calling 877-327-2600 to learn more about your eligibility.



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.



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.



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.



Federal contractors are biggest labor law violators, study shows

A report from the Associated Press on Thursday, December 12 revealed the federal government spends more than half a trillion dollars in contracts granted to employers who consistently violate health, safety and wage laws.

This came after a study commissioned by the Democratic administrators on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee, which concluded that 30% of the biggest violators of labor regulations were also granted federal contracts from 2007 to 2012.

Iowa Senator and chair of the Committee Tom Harkin fears that U.S. taxpayers pay companies that fall short in giving rightful pay and providing safe workplace.

If you have suffered from any work-related injuries, seeking workers’ compensation and holding your employer accountable might be difficult without the help of experienced workers’ comp lawyers. Our experienced Iowa-based lawyers from LaMarca Law Group, P.C., can help you in this situation. Call us today at 877-327-2600.



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