As a resident of Iowa or Nebraska, you may be familiar with the many meatpacking plants throughout both states.
As a trucker, you know one thing to be true: You put quite a bit of strain on your mind and body.
Regardless of your job or the industry in which you work, there is always the chance that you could suffer a serious injury. For example, the meat packing industry can be extremely dangerous. Anyone who works in a meat packing or food processing plant is probably aware of this; however, some assume that nothing bad will ever happen to them.
Most workplace injuries are avoidable with the right safety procedures in place. With around 30 severe work-related injuries occurring each day in the United States, it's easy to see how important it is that worker safety is taken seriously.
When a worker is injured or killed in the workplace, it's normal for the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate. It's important for the agency to look into the incident to determine if workers have been trained correctly and to make sure employers are abiding by state regulations and laws.
When you work with chemicals, it's important that you understand the mixtures and what you can and can't use together. A failure to understand the chemicals and what they react to can lead to serious harm or death of yourself or others around you from fumes, explosions or other hazards.
There is never a reason why an employer should fail to report a death on the job. The loss of an employee is a serious blow to the business, and it's also a terrible loss for that person's family. Leaving a family in the dark about what happened is unfair and unnecessary. When a death isn't reported, it might be harder for a family to seek workers' compensation benefits or to file a lawsuit against the company if it's necessary to do so.
Each year, Nebraska sees too many workplace deaths, ranging from just over 30 in a year all the way to 70. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has yet to release 2015 figures, but there were 54 such deaths in the state in 2014. The agricultural industry is among the annual leaders, and transportation is the most common cause across all industries - something directly related to this time of year as slow moving combines, tractors and ploughs plod along our highways, sharing the road with vehicles moving 50 mph and beyond.
As the fall harvest arrives, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is urging anyone working with grain to be vigilant to prevent accidents from taking place on the job. Grain, when flowing, can engulf a worker in as few as five seconds. By the time a minute has passed, the worker could be completely submerged, which can lead to suffocation.
Grain entrapment caused the death of one man who was buried in a grain bin at 12234 W Road located just northeast of Gresham last month.