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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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Truck Drivers Often Experience Musculoskeletal Pain: Iowa Attorney Discusses

According to Safety + Health magazine, out of 107 male truck drivers who were surveyed in two separate truck stops in Ontario, Canada, 57 percent reported discomfort or pain at some point in the last 30 days.   In particular, musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are seriously impacting truck drivers’ ability to work. A study published by sciencedirect.com reports that these disorders are responsible for nearly 50...

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An Iowa Attorney Discusses Job-Related Rotator Cuff Injuries

Whether you’re a painter, carpenter, construction worker or warehouse employee, your job may require repetitive lifting and reaching. You may have engaged in physical labor for years without experiencing any work injuries. But gradually you start feeling a dull ache in one of your shoulders. The ache eventually turns to acute pain that worsens every...

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Lack of Training Causes Iowa Construction Accidents, Attorney Explains

Construction is one of the most dangerous occupations in Iowa and across the United States. In 2016, Iowa had a total of 76 fatal occupational injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). And approximately 13 of those deaths occurred in the private construction sector. If you’re a construction worker, it’s important that you...

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Foot Injuries A Common Problem in Iowa Workplaces

Any occupation in Iowa that involves physical labor can take a toll on the health of workers.  According to EHS Today article, jobs that involve repeated lifting and lengthy periods of standing can cause serious health complications that start in the feet and progress throughout the body.   What starts as pain in the foot can work its way up to the knees, hips,...

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