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December 2017 Archives

Signs of toxic gases in confined spaces

There are a number of ways Iowa workers can be exposed to toxic gases. One common location is within a confined space. According to OSHA, confined spaces in worksites can include places like solos, manholes, ducts, tunnels, pits, tanks, pipelines, among others. Any of these locations can be subject to atmospheric problems, including the presence of toxic gases.

The dangers of working around ladders

If you work in an Iowa field where you regularly rely on the use of ladders, you may have at least a general idea of the types of dangers they can present. If you work in construction, logging or any number of other industries where ladders are common, you face unique job-related risks and dangers that have the potential to cause you to suffer serious injury, or even death. At the Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., we have a firm understanding of the types of injuries that often arise from ladder falls, and we have helped many workers who suffered injury on the job seek appropriate recourse.

What can employers do to control workplace chemical hazards?

If your Iowa work environment exposes you to certain types of chemical hazards, you may have some idea about how this can elevate your cancer risk and negatively impact your overall health. While workers in many different professions experience some level of risk when it comes to work-related hazards, your level of danger tends to increase if you regularly work around dust, fibers, fumes or hazardous chemicals.

Can my workplace be too noisy?

Generally, we think of Iowa workplace hazards as consisting of slippery floors, unsafe ladders and dangerous chemicals. However, you may not realize that excessive noise can also risk the health of people at their jobs. According to OSHA, as many as 22 million workers a year are subjected to noise that can damage the human body. In a single year, U.S. businesses had to pay out greater than 1.5 million in penalties for inadequately protecting their workers against harmful noise.

The power to make the meatpacking industry a safer place

You might know that agriculture and meat processing are among the most important industries to the Iowa and Nebraska economies. You may also be aware that jobs in these fields are sometimes dangerous. Here at the Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., we often serve on the front lines of litigation involving these occupational injuries and illnesses. Here are some of the insights we have gained as safety advocates.

Roundup weed killer: a deadly danger

Farmers and agricultural workers in Iowa should be aware that Roundup, Monsanto’s flagship weed killer, may cause Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a type of cancer. As reported earlier this year by the Mercury News, there are now over 700 lawsuits pending against Monsanto throughout the country.

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