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May 2016 Archives

Workplace injuries in slaughterhouses often go unreported

Workers in slaughterhouses and meat and poultry processing plants nationwide, including here in Iowa, are exposed to multiple injury hazards and, allegedly, appalling workplace environments. Although statistics show a decline in fatalities and workplace injuries in this industry, it is suspected that the recorded numbers do not reflect the reality. The Government Accountability Office says many injuries in the poultry and meat processing industry go unreported.

Workers complain about toxic exposure at food plant

Owners of facilities in Iowa at which anhydrous ammonia is used in refrigeration mechanisms must take particular care to avoid leaks of this dangerous gas. Even small leaks can cause toxic exposure that can threaten the lives of employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently proposed fines totaling $72,000 for such safety violations committed by a food distributor in another state.

3 hidden hazards for construction workers

Construction workers face countless dangers on the job every day. Some of those hazards are obvious - for example, scaffolding, ladders and heavy machinery. But others are not so obvious. They may not come to light until an accident has already taken place.

Fatal workplace injuries kill worker who fell 2 stories

Construction company owners in Iowa are expected to ensure the safety of workers on construction sites. Through effective safety training, workers are supposed to learn about workplace safety and how to recognize safety hazards. Furthermore, to prevent workplace injuries, personal protective equipment, such as hard hats and fall protection, must be provided, along with training in the proper use of the PPE.

Worker dies from workplace injuries suffered in April explosion

Whenever excavation work has to be done, company owners in Iowa and elsewhere must ensure that there are no utility lines, such as gas lines or electricity cables, that may be compromised. Utility companies must be asked to flag hidden lines before excavation operations begin. Unfortunately, safety regulations are often disregarded, and, in many cases, fatal workplace injuries are the result.

Workers' compensation: Deaths continue despite OSHA enforcement

There is much evidence that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been working to protect employees for the past 45 years. However, every day workers' compensation claims are filed by victims of occupational illnesses and injuries. Sadly, many of the claims are filed for death benefits by grieving families whose loved ones were killed in workplace accidents.

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