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For truck drivers, nodding off isn't the only danger of fatigue

Commercial truck drivers must follow strict regulations regarding hours worked, and it's all done in an effort to reduce accidents caused by fatigue. If a driver falls asleep at the wheel, he or she is not the only one in danger. Other drivers and passengers can be seriously injured, as can pedestrians and cyclists.

Remember, a truck weighs as much as 80,000 pounds. All of that mass moving quickly and out of control, even for a short time, is extremely dangerous.

4 tips for avoiding serious injuries on the job

Workers' compensation provides a financial safety net if you get hurt on the job. Workers' compensation covers lost wages, rehabilitation, vocational training and medical care. If a worker dies due to work-related injuries, survivors can receive death benefits.

No one wants to have to pursue compensation through workers' compensation, just like no one really wants to get hurt on the job. That's why it's so important for employers to take the time to make your job as safe as possible. Here are four tips that can help keep you safer on the job.

What can your employer do to protect you in a meatpacking plant?

Meatpacking is a massive industry that is noted for its risks for injury. Meatpacking plant workers operate heavy machinery and are exposed to chemicals. It's a physical job, full of significant labor that never ends. And these are just a few of the risks that you face on the job.

Your employer should take steps to keep you safe. If they don't, you could get seriously injured on the job. Even when safety measures are implemented, you may still get injured because of the inherent danger of the profession.

Common occupational illnesses for the meat packing industry

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, meat packing is one of the most dangerous professions in America. Meatpacking exposes workers to cold temperatures, dangerous machines and plenty of sharp objects. While physical injuries such as severed fingers and blunt force trauma immediately come to mind when we think of the dangers associated with the industry, diseases are a big threat to the well-being of workers.

While we don't always think of diseases as something that worker's compensation covers, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills and any missed work due to the illness.

Motorcycle safety should always be a priority

With summer just around the corner, many people will be spending more time cruising the state on motorcycles. Part of the enjoyment of riding a motorcycle is directly related to the thrill that comes with operating one. However, the skill set required to ride safely is completely different from what one uses when driving a car.

After several months out of the saddle, it may be a good idea to refresh yourself on some safety techniques to help you avoid a motorcycle wreck this season. Here are a few safe riding tips you should follow on every ride, whether it is a multi-day road trip or a quick run to the corner store.

What do you need to know about repetitive motion injuries?

f your job requires you to repeat the same bodily motions day after day, you might be at risk for developing an injury. Repetitive motion injuries can become serious and are some of the most common types of workplace injuries in the United States.

As an employee in Iowa, what do you need to know about these types of injuries?

4 construction hazards to watch for on every job site

If you work in the construction industry in Iowa or Nebraska, you probably already know that you have a dangerous job. Injuries are a regular occurrence on most construction sites. In some cases, the injuries are minor and the worker can return to the job within a day or two. In other cases, injuries can be catastrophic and require months of rehabilitation and healing. Sometimes, a construction accident can even be fatal.

One way you can stay safe while on the job is to know which hazards are the most common. This will help you stay alert and avoid many of the dangers that are prevalent on a construction site. Here are four of the most common hazards construction workers face.

Common occupational hazards for daycare workers

Raising a child is no easy task for most Iowa parents, so taking care of a large group of them seems like a gargantuan task by comparison. While daycares strive to promote safe and child friendly environments, that doesn't mean they always provide a safe workplace for the workers.

What makes working at a daycare especially dangerous when compared to other jobs is the level of unpredictability. Even though the workers have a sufficient amount of training, younger children develop at different rates. One kid might be calm and obedient while another one their age is disruptive and rude no matter how many timeouts they get. At these times, you should remain aware of the most common causes of injury in this profession so you can take special precautions in your everyday tasks.

Dealing with violent patients can hurt a nurse's body and career

One of the most common forms of injuries nurses experience on the job comes from the patients they are attempting to treat. Months ago, we reported how nearly 20 percent of nurses in the nation experience workplace violence at the hospitals. It unfortunately won't decrease very easily considering how unpredictable patients or their families can get in these stressful settings.

What makes matters worse is that nurses who experience severe injuries from these outbursts or are hurt repeatedly could risk losing their careers. They need time off to recover, but even places that specializes in treating injuries have set limits on how long they can be gone for. Recently, a nurse in Iowa experienced the consequences of these limitations.

Warmer weather exposes faulty bridges

Many Iowans get excited once the snow finally melts in the spring months. Winter can last for a while in the state, so it feels refreshing to be finally able to drive with the windows down and not worry about 30-minute delays from excessive ice or snow.

However, that doesn't mean driving during the warmer months is easier. Now drivers will have to worry about dozens of potholes and flooded parts of the state while planning their routes. Unfortunately, recent reports highlight how this is also a dangerous time to be driving on bridges as well.

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