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December 2016 Archives

Common dangers on construction jobsites

Construction workers in Iowa and elsewhere face a number of dangers on the job every day. This industry is known to be one of the most hazardous in the country. Every year, thousands of construction workers across America are injured or killed in worksite accidents, despite efforts by construction companies and federal agencies to set standards and improve overall safety procedures.

Workplace toxin exposure and chronic lung conditions

When employees work in an environment where they are forced to breath in toxins or are exposed to poor air conditions, they may develop chronic lung conditions over time. It is the employers’ responsibility to keep workplace conditions safe for their workers, and they may be forced to pay workers’ compensation if their employees contract a condition that affects their health and overall quality of life.

Can you receive workers' compensation for workplace stress?

In some occupational settings, stress is a part of the daily work experience. From medical professionals to stock market traders, a certain level of stress is necessary in order to be successful at the job. What you may not realize is that in some situations, occupational stress can cause serious health conditions. These health conditions may limit a person's ability to work in the future, and may qualify the person to receive workers' compensation benefits.

String of recent accidents highlights meatpacking dangers

Workers at meatpacking plants across Iowa and the United States face dangers every day while on the job, with those working in particular facets of the industry facing more risks than others. According to Iowa Public Radio, those who work in beef and pork-production facilities face higher risks of suffering injuries than those who work in poultry processing, but workers in all meat-processing plants report suffering injury at higher rates than those across the manufacturing field in its entirety.

The race to the bottom

Workers' compensation insurance systems, like the one that covers most Iowa workers, was designed to do two things. It helps employees who are injured receive medical coverage for their injuries and it provides them with some income support to help them provide for their families during the recovery from that injury. This helps to prevent an injured worker from becoming permanently disabled and losing everything after losing their job and their income.

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