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What snowplow drivers should keep in mind going into the winter

Snow is beginning to fall in Iowa. While it might be less than in inch on some nights, it will not take long before the roads could get covered in feet of a wintry wonderland. To make sure thousands of drivers are able to manage in these conditions, the snowplow drivers have received their proper training at this point to be ready on a moment's notice.

Dealing with some of the year's toughest road conditions makes snowplowing no easy task. Unfortunately, most of the danger that comes with the job is due to the other drivers on the road that lack experience or make the wrong move on the highway. There have been multiple reports over the years that showcase trends of accidents that typically happen to snowplow drivers around their optimal work periods per year. These motorists should keep some of these studies in mind before they begin clearing the white roads.

Is tinnitus a psychological issue?

Some work injuries can be complex. Since injuries due to your working conditions or that are otherwise related to your work duties in Iowa, you need to understand how your injury impacts you. Tinnitus may seem fairly simple on the surface, but as explained by Psychology Today, it is actually more complicated.

Tinnitus is a continuous sound in the ear. People often describe it as being a buzzing, ringing or another similar sound. A common cause for this condition is exposure to loud noise. Another cause is a traumatic brain injury. Nothing makes it stop and there is no cure for it. The noise may be loud or soft. It may only be slightly noticeable or it may be a consistent annoyance. The condition often comes with hearing loss.

Does stress classify as a workplace injury?

When you think of getting injured on-the-job, you may think of broken bones, lacerations, slip-and-fall incidents and other physical injuries that may occur as a result of an accident. Many people do not consider stress, anxiety, depression and other psychological ailments a workplace injury and therefore eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Yet, psychological injuries can inhibit a person’s ability to work, and, in some cases, can lead to long-term illness. Stress, anxiety and depression can also manifest into physical problems, including elevated blood pressure, heart disease, headaches, weight gain and insomnia.

There are many things that can cause stress at the workplace, such as working long hours, tension between coworkers, problems with management and a disorganized work environment. In some cases, if your stress is a direct result of an employers’ inability to control certain situations at work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.

Safety tips for new restaurant cooks

If you are starting out as a cook for a restaurant, you're about to gain some of life's most important skills through the culinary arts.

However, you'll soon find that over the heat the stove and under the pressure of mealtimes, it can be dangerous to tend to all of your responsibilities seemingly at once while avoiding slips, cuts, burns and collisions with other employees. Here are a few of the basic safety tips to help you stay cautious.

Traumatic brain injury: Common workplace injury?

Whether you work in an office building or a warehouse, you may be at risk of receiving a traumatic brain injury while at work. This common type of workplace injury can occur in any industry. In fact, brain injuries are involved in more than 30 percent of injury deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This equates to 153 people who lose their lives daily due to traumatic brain injuries.

Brain injuries occur when a sudden impact to the head causes the brain to hit up against the hard, bony skull, causing inflammation, bruising and bleeding of the soft tissue. In some cases, you may not know you have a brain injury until days or weeks after the incident occurred. Some symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting, headaches and muscle weakness, may mask themselves as another illness. However, there may be long-term consequences involved if you have a traumatic brain injury. Depending on the area of the brain that was injured and the severity of the impact, you may experience memory loss, decreased sensory abilities, cognitive issues, seizures, trouble sleeping, mood changes, depression and other physical limitations.

Driving jobs that face large risks during deer season

With November around the corner, more deer will begin to show up alongside roadways and put thousands of drivers and their insurance at risk. Once daylight savings occurs, there will be less sunlight during the day and more deer near the road at earlier hours.

Iowa is one of the most likely states for a driver to get into a deer crash thanks to the abundance of rural roadways. While some drivers will be on the lookout on their way home from work, some motorists have no choice by to go on these roads frequently at later hours as it is part of their job. It is important to acknowledge which driving jobs will be the most at risk during these increasingly darker hours.

What occupations are at the greatest risk for TBIs?

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are serious and can be incredibly damaging in the long term for victims if left untreated. Often, they are not detectable until days or even weeks after an accident.

When it comes to TBIs and workplace injuries, which occupations are at the greatest risk?

Differences between workers' compensation and disability benefits

When Iowa workers get injured on the job, no one knows for sure exactly how long those injuries will last. Sometimes, a worker could have to step away from their job for weeks. Other times, injuries or illnesses can last for months or even years. Some can last a lifetime. So are these injuries handled differently when seeking compensation?

In short, yes they are. Different types of disability benefits are available, changing based on the severity of your ailment and how long it's roughly expected to last. But what is the difference between these benefits and workers' compensation? 

How Pain Prescriptions Hurt The Construction Industry

The nationwide opioid epidemic has stricken communities across all socioeconomic lines. It has hit rural, blue collar towns especially hard. In the work world, the construction industry has the second-highest rate of pain medication and opioid misuse after the entertainment, recreation and food business.

Workplace Accidents and the Opioid Epidemic

Our firm recently published a SlideShare examining the problem of opioid addiction and pain medication misuse in the construction industry. It is a costly problem for employers in terms of missed work and injuries. However, statistics show that those workers who receive treatment and are successful in rehabilitaiton miss the least amount of work of any group.

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