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Maximum Workers’ Compensation Benefits Amount Rises

Workers hurt at work in Iowa and unable to return to work get temporary total or/and temporary partial disability benefits under Iowa workers’ compensation law. Beginning July 1, 2015, the maximum workers’ compensation benefits increased.  Previous Benefit Amounts  Under Iowa’s previous law, an injured employee’s maximum benefits rate was 80 percent of the employee’s average weekly wages, although that payment amount could not exceed the following values listed.  $1,226 for healing period benefits, temporary total disability, permanent total disability, and death $1,128 for permanent partial disability  The minimum benefits amount under the previous law was 35 percent of the statewide average weekly wage or the spendable weekly earnings of the employee, whichever was less.  New Benefit Amount  The new maximum benefits amount, enacted by the ... Read More »

Injured in a Warehouse? Iowa Workers’ Compensation Options

Warehouse workers face myriad safety hazards on a daily basis. Even with excellent training and mindfulness of safety practices, being injured in a warehouse accident is possible – and happens frequently. For every 100 warehouse workers, an average of five of them will be hurt on the job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Some of the accidents prove fatal. In 2013, 17 warehouse workers lost their lives in job-related accidents, a 30 percent increase from the prior year.  Workplace Hazards in Warehouses  Warehouses and industrial sites are laden with hazards, from heavy equipment to chemicals. Strict safety protocols, employee safety training and wearing hardhats can reduce the risk of injury for workers. Some of the most common hazards and causes of warehouse ... Read More »

Work outside? July is National UV Safety Month

The heat of summer signals beach and pool time for many families across the nation but it’s also a cause of concern for those who work outside on a regular basis. Without protection, exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can begin to damage the skin in only 15 minutes. July is National UV Safety Month, an initiative that reminds everyone including outdoor-based employees of the dangers of excessive exposure to UV rays and the importance of adequate protection.  Workers Most at Risk for UV-related Illnesses  Skin damage, heat exhaustion, and skin cancer are some of the potential effects outdoor workers experience in the summer. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in America; approximately 20 percent of people will develop it, according to Quest ... Read More »

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