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The importance of safety training in all industries

Industrial hazards exist in all industries in Iowa, and although mining and construction workers are at the highest risk, blue-collar workers and technicians in various manufacturing industries also face many risks. Open wounds, muscle strains and sprains, fractures, and more are prevalent in all industries. The severity of workplace injuries can vary from muscle strains to traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries.

Although the nature of the industry in which you earn your living may make it impossible to eliminate all the risks, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides guidelines along with strict regulations to limit workplace injuries. However, only with proper training in all aspects of workplace safety and compliance can the OSHA guidelines be of any value.

Do forklift hazards make your work difficult?

It's no secret that some jobs are more dangerous than others. If you come close to forklifts on the job, you likely understand just how dangerous going to work can be. Forklifts are often used in construction, excavation and agricultural work and can accomplish tasks that may have once been nearly impossible. You've probably heard the saying that prevention is the best medicine, which may be true if you're talking about how to avoid forklift injuries.

When you're on the job, you know there's a certain amount of risk involved; however, you probably don't go to work every day expecting to suffer serious injury. Since most accidents occur very unexpectedly, it's always good to research current safety precautions ahead of time and to know where to turn for help if you are injured in a workplace mishap.

Speak up for your hearing

Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration began a study on the current regulations for hearing protection at construction sites with a plan to determine if the agency should update those regulations, which they instituted over 40 years ago. If you work in this industry, you may feel this study comes a little too late.

Construction is one of the loudest occupations, placing your hearing at risk from prolonged, high-decibel noises from equipment such as jackhammers and air compressors. Although you may use your hearing protection required by the outdated OSHA regulations, it may not be enough to protect you.

Bonding with a workers' comp lawyer could be a welder's best bet

If you are a welder in an Iowa factory, you may not realize how many health and injury risks you face in your line of work. Along with many potential burn injury hazards, your eyesight could face several threats as well. Furthermore, welding fumes can cause respiratory problems, and according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a significant number of career welders die from injuries caused by their occupations.

Those most often exposed to the hazards of welding typically include workers at manufacturing plants such as automotive, marine and other industries, along with construction. Any expenses you have after suffering an on-the-job injury will be compensable by the benefits that you can claim from your company's workers compensation insurance.

I've been injured on a medical field job. What should I do?

If you are a health care worker in Iowa, you may eventually find yourself on the receiving end of the type of care you often give to others. After all, suffering a job-related injury is not uncommon for a nurse, for example, due to the nature of the work performed in the medical industry. Fortunately, if you have been hurt on the job, workers' compensation insurance, also known as workers' comp, can be a major help to you financially.

Handling patients can be hazardous for health care workers

Working in the health care industry can be rewarding, but it can also be painful. One of the duties of many health care workers is to reposition or transfer patients who are often unable to provide any assistance in the lifting process. Lifting a sleeping, unconscious or weak patient can mean pain in the shoulders, back and neck.

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