Working with electricity can be hazardous, and employers in Iowa and elsewhere must ensure compliance with all safety regulations when electrical repairs or installations are done. It is vital that only qualified electricians are tasked with these jobs, as the slightest error can cause severe workplace injuries that could even be fatal. A worker recently died while doing electrical work on a construction site at a university in another state.
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration often warns employers in Iowa and other Midwestern states about the high temperatures their workers may be exposed to at this time of the year. Extreme heat can cause workplace injuries that may even be fatal. OSHA recently issued such warnings about expectations of temperatures reaching highs of 90 to 100 degrees. Employers were reminded of the special precautions that need to be taken to protect workers from heat-related illnesses.
Employees in the health care industry in Iowa -- including dentistry -- are exposed to dangerous bloodborne pathogens on a daily basis. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has strict regulations related to any toxic exposure and workers have a right to be protected. After a complaint was filed with OSHA that alleged violations of exposure standards, the agency launched an inspection at a dental practice in a neighboring state.
Company owners are responsible for providing workplace environments that are free of known hazards. In the event of a worker suffering workplace injuries, the injured person may file benefits claims through the company's workers' compensation insurance provider. Employees are typically barred from filing claims against their employers; however, there are exceptions. In cases of egregious negligence by an employer, an injured victim may have a viable personal injury claim.
The Iowa Workers' Compensation insurance system, is, as its name suggests, an insurance program. You know that insurance policies are always complex, especially if you have ever had to make a claim on your car or homeowners insurance.