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What should employers do to protect Iowa workers from fire hazards?

Whether or not workers are aware of a building fire, the effects can be devastating, especially if they're not able to get out fast enough. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, an estimated 111,000 nonresidential building fires occurred in 2017 across the United States. Roughly 18,000 occurred in stores and offices, and 8,500 occurred in...

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CDC: Secondhand smoke on the job just as dangerous as other toxic exposures

It's not an issue that's often addressed, but secondhand cigarette smoke can be just as hazardous to workers as other toxic exposures, such as silica and asbestos. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report says that secondhand tobacco smoke is often linked to heart disease, lung cancer, stroke, and other...

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New Tech Could Prevent Musculoskeletal Injuries in the Workplace

As technology advances, science fiction is becoming a science-fact in the workplace. Industrial exoskeletons, for example, may be the answer to two of the biggest issues in manufacturing: Worker Injuries: By reducing the exertion on workers, industrial exoskeletons protect workers from missing time due to musculoskeletal disorders. These can include crippling damage to joints, ligaments,...

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The best ideas for office workers to avoid musculoskeletal disorders

When we think of work-related injuries, office employees or those who sit at desks for hours don't often come to mind. According to an article in EHS Today, however, those who sit for long periods of time are at risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders. WebMD defines musculoskeletal disorders as "pain that affects the muscles, ligaments...

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Poor Sleep Can Equal Poor Performance

Getting a full eight hours of sleep isn’t always easy. The kids may not want to go to bed, the game may go into overtime, or your car might get a flat tire on the way home from an engagement. New research has shown that getting a good night’s sleep can decrease workplace accidents by...

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Iowa workers’ comp lawyer welcomes increase in OSHA inspections

Iowa employees could receive extra protection from workplace injuries in the next few years because they will likely see an increase in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections now that 76 new inspectors were hired. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said the employees were hired in FY2018 and training could take up to three years....

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Iowa Attorney on Best Ways to Avoid Workplace Electric Hazards

The electrocution of a painter. A fast-food restaurant electrical fatality. A brick worker gets electrocuted. Hundreds of employees die yearly in America from electric hazards on the job, many while completing daily responsibilities, unaware of their work environment’s dangers. That’s according to Safety+Health, the online magazine of the National Safety Council, a nonprofit that works...

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Iowa Attorney Discusses the Dangers of Overexertion

The people of Iowa have always been a hardworking group, but how hard is too hard? Overdoing it on the job can result in injury due to overexertion. The National Safety Council reports that 35 percent of work-related injuries are caused by overexertion -- the largest contributor to workers’ compensation costs. Which labor groups are...

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Workplace Fatigue A Growing Problem: Iowa Workers’ Compensation Attorney Discusses

There seems to be a disconnect when it comes to understanding and pinpointing workplace fatigue. First off, it doesn’t necessarily have to do with a worker feeling tired after not getting enough sleep the night before. It’s more of a long-term problem that can develop over time and often goes under the radar until it...

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