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November 2017 Archives

Do respirators fully protect people from toxic exposure?

Toxic exposure in the workplace is an unavoidable risk in many Iowa occupations, and your protective equipment is usually intended to mitigate that risk to the greatest degree possible. However, the properties of various professional hazards warrant the careful implementation of masks, breathing apparatus or respirators appropriate to your specific situation. To understand what your safety gear may or may not be reasonably assumed to do, it is often useful to turn to the manufacturer for specific information.

Did you lose a loved one in a fatal job-related accident?

The day started just like any other day. You and your husband drank coffee together before heading to work. The thing is, this day ended differently. Your husband didn't come home. He suffered a tragic accident where he was working, and doctors weren't able to save him.

What injuries are common among restaurant workers?

If you are among the many Iowa residents who make a living working within the restaurant or food service industries, you probably have at least a general idea of the types of specific workplace hazards you face every time you clock in to work. Recognizing the unique occupational hazards you face will help you avoid accidents to some degree, and your employer, can do his or her part to enhance safety by ensuring you and your colleagues are properly trained and protected on the job.

Why construction workers suffer back injuries

Iowa construction workers, as well as construction workers all across America, face a higher risk of developing a musculosketal disorder than do all other workers combined. A recent study conducted by the Center for Construction Research and Training concluded that back injuries represent 40 percent of all construction injuries and cost over $46 million in lost wages in 2014. Older construction workers and those on the job for more than five years are particularly at risk for back injuries.

The dark side of the nail salon industry

Many people in Iowa and elsewhere regularly visit nail salons to have beautifully designed nail extensions sculpted and lacquered on their fingers. While a clean and shiny manicure is often considered glamorous and professional, there is a price that many nail technicians pay when providing this service for their clients.

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