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Is your job making you sick? You could have a claim

Iowa workers know that they likely have a rightful claim to workers' compensation if they get injured at work. However, you could have the same rights if your work makes you sick. There could be factors involved with your job that could eventually lead to the development of illnesses or other medical conditions.

Occupational illnesses could be grounds for a workers' compensation claim, but it is not always easy to actually obtain these benefits. If you think your work is making you sick, you would be wise to take quick action to protect your interests. It doesn't matter what type of job you have, if your work is the cause of your occupational illness, you have rights.

How will you provide for your family if you fall from a scaffold?

Construction company owners in Iowa sometimes compromise employee safety to get projects done sooner. Unfortunately, this may leave you and your co-workers extremely vulnerable. One danger zone on most construction sites is scaffolding. If your employer pays little or no attention to edge protectors, railings, barriers and fall protection, you might have to take steps to look after your own safety.

It is only natural to be concerned about how you will provide for your family if you should fall from a scaffold. Who will pay your medical bills, and what will happen if the workers' compensation insurance program denies your claim? These are but some of the questions and issues of which an experienced workers' compensation attorney can handle.

Don't let a loading dock injury get you loaded into an ambulance

Does your occupation require you to sometimes work on a dock of a busy warehouse in Iowa? If you do, you may have noticed how many workers nationwide have suffered severe injuries or lost their lives while working on or around forklifts. While these areas present multiple safety hazards, lift trucks might be the most dangerous of them all.

For that reason, you should avoid operating a forklift if you are not qualified to do so. Furthermore, always keep an eye out for these vehicles to avoid being knocked down or crushed against a wall or shelf. Attending frequent safety training sessions to ensure you stay alert and avoid on-the-job injuries around the loading dock can prove invaluable to your safety and well-being.

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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