Construction workers, among other professionals, often work on ladders throughout their day. While a ladder is one of the most useful tools on a job site, it's also one of the most dangerous.
In a single recent year, the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reports that undocumented immigrants comprise 3.5 percent of the total population of our country. Inevitably, a certain percentage of those without proper employment papers will wind up working.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The stock market has been rocky lately, but the job market is still tight and many companies continue to struggle to find enough skilled workers to fulfill their needs. One of the worst shortages is in the trucking industry. The freight consulting firm FTR Transportation Intelligence reports the strong economy and a torrid demand for hauling freight has left the U.S. in need of nearly 300,000 commercial truck drivers.
With the cold upon us, tick season is considered over for many residents of Iowa and elsewhere. However, as we at the Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., are aware, people with Lyme disease can suffer from this mysterious illness throughout the year. If you work in an industry that puts you at risk of exposure to ticks, you may be interested in reading this post.
When it comes to workplace injuries, you can say that the eyes have it. Half of all on-the-job accidents that occur in the United States involve eye injuries. It is estimated that around 2,000 workers go for medical treatment regarding their eyes each day.
The holidays can be some of the busiest and most stressful times for workers. December is the month where many businesses expect to sell the most of their products before enjoying those couple of days off and celebrating the end of the year.