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National Farm Safety and Health Week 2015 is September 20-26

Working on a farm is an important job that is vital to the economy. But working on a farm can also be dangerous; in 2013 in Iowa, the agricultural sector (along with forestry, fishing, and hunting areas) saw the largest number of work-related fatalities. What’s more, management occupations had the highest number of fatal work injuries in the state that year, with the majority of those fatally wounded being farmers and ranchers.  Farm and agricultural safety are incredibly critical. Through September 20-26 2015, Iowa will be celebrating National Farm Safety and Health Week.  National Farm Safety and Health Week 2015  National Farm Safety and Health Week seeks to promote awareness about agricultural safety. The theme for this year’s National Farm Safety and Health Week is, ... Read More »

Iowa Public Radio Tackles Issue of Hazardous Workplaces in the State

Iowa holds a record that shouldn’t make anyone proud: the state has the highest rate of worker fatalities and injuries in the Midwest. Iowa Public Radio spoke with public health officials, workers, union leaders, and academics to learn more about the problem and what can be done to remedy it.  Why Iowa Ranks So Poorly in Workplace Safety Health Standards  Iowa Public Radio interviewed the Iowa Department of Health’s Kathy Leinenkugel, asking why Iowa ranks so poorly in terms of workplace safety health standards. Leinenkugel replied that one of the reasons had to do with Iowa’s aging workforce and the high numbers of self-employment.  Rather than working for corporations with safety officers, many agricultural and construction crews (two of the most dangerous jobs in the ... Read More »

Office Ergonomics: Setting Up Your Workstation to Reduce Risk of Injury

Neutral body positioning – a comfortable working posture which aligns your joints naturally – reduces stress and strain on muscles, tendons, and other aspects of the musculoskeletal system. This reduces your risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), including carpal tunnel syndrome. Optimal office ergonomics involves the following.  Keep your hands and wrists straight and aligned with the floor. Keep your elbows close to your body and bent at an angle of 90 to 120 degrees. Relax your shoulders and keep your upper arms at your side. Hold your head level (no more than slight forward bend) and keep it in line with your torso. Keep your feet flat on the floor and your knees and thighs parallel to the floor. Put something under your feet if ... Read More »

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

Work-related injuries can involve strain associated with repetitive stress over long period’s time. Though many don’t view repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, as severe; they can still significantly impact your job performance  Repetitive stress injuries also affect your ability to enjoy personal activities. The repetitive strain affects soft tissues: muscles, nerves, tendons or ligaments in the back, wrists, hands or other body parts.  Though not limited to just work activities, some routines and repetitive actions often cause people to suffer these injuries at work.  Continuous typing or working at a computer Repeatedly lifting equipment, merchandise or boxes Loading or unloading trucks Repetitive movements on an assembly line  The carpal tunnel syndrome should be treated as early as possible once symptoms appear.  Those ... Read More »

Roofing Injury Risks during the Summer

Roofing workers need to be on guard during the sweltering heat of summer.  Roofing on a warm spring or fall day can be pleasant. But during summer months, it can be akin to working in a blast furnace. In addition to a serious heat-related roofing injury, summertime roofers run the additional risk of skin cancer due to long periods of exposure to the hot summer sun.  According to statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 69 fatalities in the roofing industry in 2010 across the United States. Many more were injured. Below we highlight the dangers of the roofing industry during the summer, as well as some preventative measures that workers can take.  The Dangers of Summer Roofing Work  Roofing contractors and their ... Read More »

Retail Worker Injury Risks & Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation after an Accident

Most people associate workplace injuries with construction workers or other hands-on laborers. However, studies show that there are a disproportionately high number of injuries amongst retail workers. The following details retail worker injury in Iowa, as well as retail workers’ eligibility for recovering workers’ compensation benefits after an accident and work-related injury. Remember, causation is an important element of a workers’ compensation claim.  Musculoskeletal Disorders  One of the most common types of injuries suffered by retail workers is a musculoskeletal disorder. These types of disorders most commonly affect the tendons, ligaments, joints, muscles, and nerves that are found in the back.  Carpal tunnel syndrome is another common type of workplace injury experienced by retail workers. Musculoskeletal disorders may be in part contributed to the requirement ... Read More »

Roadside Construction Accidents and Collecting Workers’ Compensation

Roadside construction workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in Iowa. Not only do these workers deal with heavy machinery and equipment and handling dangerous tools, they also work around vehicles traveling at high speeds. When a road construction accident happens, the injured worker is eligible for workers’ compensation insurance.  Types of Roadside Construction Injuries  The biggest risk for workers who work in roadside construction zones is the risk of accidents. In fact, in 2010 alone, the Occupational Safety and Healthy Administration reported that there were more than 87,000 crashes in work zones and 37,476 work zone injuries.  An accident involving a roadside construction worker and a motor vehicle can lead to multiple injury types. Some of these injury types are listed below.  Crush ... Read More »

Power Tool Injury at Work

Despite their commonplace nature, power tools can be extremely dangerous when defective or when used improperly. A worker who suffers a power tool injury resulting from a workplace accident could be a candidate for workers’ compensation benefits.  Most Dangerous Power Tools  There are dozens of different power tools, but some are more dangerous than others. Some of the most dangerous power tools used in construction today include the following listed below.  Nail guns Table saws Chainsaws Circular saws Power drills Air compressors  These tools can cause serious and fatal injuries instantaneously when even the tiniest error is made.  Injuries Caused by Power Tools  The most obvious type of injury that a power tool can cause is an amputation or laceration injury, particularly when dealing with ... Read More »

Common Summer Workplace Injuries

For workers in Iowa, particularly seasonal workers, the risk of incurring summer workplace injuries may be greater than for other industries. The following reviews some of the most common summer workplace injury types:  Agricultural Machinery Injuries  For seasonal agriculture workers whose jobs go into full swing in the hottest months of the year, using machinery and farm equipment is often a necessity. However, machinery and farm equipment can be dangerous. Tractor accidents are the leading cause of injuries and fatalities among agricultural workers, and injuries involving hay balers, corn huskers, shredders and more also occur each year. These accidents can lead to head injuries, crush injuries, amputation injuries and other severe injuries.  Heat Exhaustion  For outdoor workers who are exposed to the sun during the ... Read More »

Injuries from Farming Equipment Accidents

Iowa’s agricultural production was valued at approximately $20.5 billion in 2007 alone, making Iowa one of the top producers of agricultural goods — like corn and livestock — in the country. With a high number of farmers, though, comes a high number of injuries from farming equipment accidents. In fact, the agricultural industry is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, and in 2012, 374 farmers died from farm-related injuries, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Types of farm equipment injuries that occur in Iowa include:  Tractor Rollovers and Run-overs  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported that tractor accidents on farms cause the highest number of fatalities every year. Of those, tractor rollovers/overturns are the leading cause ... Read More »

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