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January 2017 Archives

Toxic fume inhalation and the damage it causes

As Iowa workers know, all jobs come with risks. But the potential of breathing in toxic fumes is one that many people aren't prepared to face. While risks with fumes are a well-known danger in certain areas of work, toxic fumes can occur at any workplace and can be caused by anything from industrial chemicals to drain cleaner.

Top industries for toxic injuries

While many jobs in Iowa have inherent risks, there are some positions that place the worker in more danger than others. One of the most hazardous types of occupational injuries occur to those working with toxic chemicals. While some positions may have a small exposure to these substances, other industries place employees in close contact with dangerous materials every day.

Can workplace bullying cause psychological distress?

While you may consider bullying a phenomenon that is relegated to school-age kids, it can also be a problem within many Iowa workplaces. In addition to creating an unpleasant and sometimes hostile environment, workplace bullying may also cause a range of psychological effects that can prove extremely damaging if left unchecked.  

Lab practices at CDC leads to bacteria and virus exposure

While many states across the country have health departments where bacteria and viruses are tested, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the national headquarters for public health. Since local and national laboratories work with dangerous and hazardous materials on a daily basis, scientists must follow certain protocol in order to prevent the spread and contamination of bacteria. Not only are these safety procedures in place to protect laboratory workers, but they keep the general population safe as well.

Why Workers' Comp Claims Are Denied

Our firm recently published a SlideShare reviewing the most common reasons why workers' compensation claims are initially denied. Avoiding these mistakes can help you recover benefits more quickly following a workplace accident or work-related injury.

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