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Traumatic brain injury: Common workplace injury?

Whether you work in an office building or a warehouse, you may be at risk of receiving a traumatic brain injury while at work. This common type of workplace injury can occur in any industry. In fact, brain injuries are involved in more than 30 percent of injury deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This equates to 153 people who lose their lives daily due to traumatic brain injuries.

How big a problem is workplace violence?

You expect your Iowa workplace to be safe, healthy and free of violence. Unfortunately, however, reality may not live up to your expectations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that over 2 million employees each year report that they suffer some form of workplace violence. In 2014 alone, 403 workers died due to workplace homicide, which was the fourth leading cause of on-the-job fatalities that year.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

If your Iowa job requires you to perform repetitive actions with your hands and wrists, such as typing or wielding a hammer, you are at high risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome. OrthoInfo.com explains that when your median nerve becomes compressed or squeezed on its way through your wrist’s carpal tunnel, the result can be pain, tingling and numbness in your hands and wrists.

What construction workers need to know about scaffold safety

Iowa construction workers should know that they face a high risk of receiving a potentially catastrophic injury when working on or near scaffolding. As FindLaw points out, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that 65 percent of construction workers have jobs that require them to frequently work on scaffolds, lifts, hoists or tall ladders.

Traffic hazards on the job

People employed in a number of industries may face risks related to traffic collisions on a daily basis. For those who drive a taxi, semi truck or delivery truck, traffic hazards are encountered frequently. However, people who are employed in other industries face threats on the road as well. In this post, we will look into some of the traffic hazards that workers face.

An accidental needle stick can endanger your health

Working in healthcare has numerous risks that you are most likely aware of. You can strain your back lifting patients. You might be subjected to the bullying atmosphere that’s so common in the nursing field. As our team at the Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., understands, you and other Iowa healthcare employees can also face grave consequences if you accidentally stick yourself with a needle that was used on a patient.

Can workers’ compensation cover me away from work?

If you get injured while at work doing your normal duties, you can rest assured that workers’ compensation should take care of your medical expenses and lost wages resulting from taking time off to recover. What if you are hurt off the clock or away from your workplace while performing a work-related task? Can workers’ compensation still help? Understandably, you and other Iowa residents will be interested in learning how this works.

Preventing Falls In the Construction Industry

Did you know that falls are the No. 1 cause of fatal accidents in the construction industry? Our firm recently published a SlideShare report that sheds light on some startling statistics and provides insights on how to reduce serious and fatal accidents on construction sites. Plus, learn about an upcoming national campaign aimed at preventing falls in the construction industry.

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