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Does my employer get in trouble if I file an OSHA complaint after being hurt on the job?

When a Des Moines worker suffers an injury in the workplace, he or she is immediately eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Those benefits must be dispensed regardless of whether the injury was his/her fault or the employer’s fault. Therefore, your employer doesn’t automatically get into trouble with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) if you have suffered an injury in the workplace.  When is a business cited after an OSHA complaint?  Employers may find themselves facing scrutiny from OSHA if inspections reveal safety violations in the workplace. Employees have every right to report workplace hazards to OSHA if your employer is not addressing workplace safety in Des Moines.  If dangerous conditions in the workplace have harmed you or another employee and the business does ... Read More »

Most Shocking and Unusual Office Injuries

Most workplace injuries involve slip and falls in the parking lot, back injuries in the warehouse or machinery accidents in the construction industry. Rarely is the office thought of as a dangerous place to be. These bizarre and unusual stories of office and retail injuries, though, might make you think twice about the safety of the workplace.  Toilets Explode in Offices in Washington D.C.  Back in September of 2011, an unusual event occurred in that nation’s capital—toilets in the General Services Administration building blew up – literally. The explosion, according to an article in the Washington Post, was the result of a plumbing malfunction. While the situation was laughed about on social media sites and amongst news reporters across the nation, the explosions seriously injured ... Read More »

Employer Workers’ Compensation: Will they pay out of pocket?

Iowa law requires almost all employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. The following article reviews the basics of who pays workers’ compensation benefits, and what workers’ rights are if their employer fails to offer benefits as required per law. Employer Workers’ Compensation: Will they pay out of pocket? In the event that a worker is injured on the job, workers’ compensation insurance pays for the injured worker’s benefits. These monies are paid through a private insurance company, not by the employer itself. In some cases, the employer may be self-insured. If this is the case, then the company would pay the workers’ compensation benefits to the injured employees. All claims for workers’ compensation insurance must be filed in a prompt manner, and ... Read More »

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