3 Common Iowa Jobs that Could Use Legal Action
The people of Iowa have been rallying against unsafe working conditions since the 2008 Postville Raid, where scores of immigrant meatpacking workers marched through the center of Postville demanding that their basic employee rights be upheld: access to protective gear, sanitary workstations, and fair pay.
Fortunately, for Iowa residents, state labor laws have grown and Iowa has expanded its section of employee benefits to help residents become more financially secure. However, Iowa workers in top industries are still struggling to receive security for their work-related injuries and long-term disabilities. According to a study published by the National Institute of Health —on average—about 23 out of 100 meatpacking industry workers are injured per year in work-related accidents.
As workers’ compensation laws have been more defined, many employees may be finding it extremely difficult to receive compensation for their work-related injuries.
Iowa Law for Injured Workers
Iowa workers’ compensation laws allow Iowa residents to seek compensation for their injuries or occupational illnesses under circumstances, even if the individual as has changed jobs, or is no longer working.
An Iowa worker can receive compensation for their injuries if:
- The injury or disease arose out of or during the course of the job;
- The injury or disease is commonly related to the type of job;
- The injury or disease occurred following an on-the-job injury or exposure; or
- The worker could not have been exposed to the hazard or risk outside of the job
Iowa’s Most Dangerous Jobs
In Iowa, three industries make up a significant portion of the workforce, and stimulate most of Iowa’s economy. Ironically, these industries are some of the most high-risk for injuries in the United States. If you are an Iowa resident working in the following industries, you may be at risk for injuries:
- Solar Energy Solar energy combines three of the most risky jobs: carpentry, electrical wiring, and roofing installation making the job extremely risky. Many technicians work in small spaces, high above ground, and surrounded by high-voltage electrical equipment. Technicians in the industry have fallen hundreds of feet, and others have been crushed by, or trapped in, moving machinery.
- Manufacturing Factory workers are susceptible to musculoskeletal injuries such as hernias, carpal tunnel syndrome, back and neck pain, strains, sprains, and tears. If you are experiencing any musculoskeletal symptoms, seek medical care. Neglecting medical care for musculoskeletal injuries can lead into long-term injuries.
- Farming and Meatpacking Meatpacking workers can become seriously injured by moving and hoisting animal carcass, by stunning guns and equipment that may prematurely discharge. They can sustain severe injuries to their arms, hands, and wrists. Workers are often cut during the butchering process, sometimes suffering infection. Workers can be severely burned by cleaning solvents and burned by heat sealing machines when they wrap meat.
If you are suffering from a work-related injury or occupational disease, contact an Iowa workers’ compensation lawyer to fight for you. At the Noyes Law Office, P.C., we are experienced in seeking compensation for Iowa workers and care about the outcome of our cases. Contact us at 641-417-3236 for a free case evaluation, and learn more about what your injuries are worth.