Hazardous Chemicals

Posted: October 13th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Workers Comp Benefits, Workplace Injury | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys, harmful chemicals, hazardous chemicals, OSHA regulations, workers' compensation claimsOne of the greatest dangers that people face while on the job is the exposure to harmful chemicals. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), hazardous chemicals cause more than 190,000 illnesses and 50,000 deaths every year for workers in the United States. These chemicals can not only endanger workers’ health by causing respiratory or skin irritation or increasing the risk of diseases such as cancer, they present physical dangers such as flammability and corrosion.

Employees who receive an injury or contract a disease after being exposed to toxic substances are eligible to receive workers’ compensation to cover expenses including medical bills and lost income.

OSHA Regulations

OSHA provides safety to workers by requiring employers to meet certain standards, including:

  • Worker education and training - Employers must label hazardous chemicals, provide safety data sheets, and train workers in how to appropriately handle chemicals and take measures to protect themselves from exposure.
  • Exposure limits - Employers must monitor respiratory hazards in their workplaces and ensure that they do not exceed the applicable Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs). These limits include OSHA’s Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs), as well as PELs established by state authorities and Recommended Exposure Limits (RELs) established by federal agencies.

Controlling Exposure

OSHA has described four ways that employers can control their employees’ exposure to hazardous chemicals:

  • Elimination/substitution - Employers should make an inventory of potentially harmful chemicals, identify the hazards which present the greatest safety concerns, and determine whether alternative chemicals or processes could be used to improve worker safety.
  • Engineering controls - Employers should put physical controls in place to reduce or eliminate hazards to workers. These controls can include altering or isolating work processes to minimize contact with chemicals, using wet methods to reduce the generation of particulates, and implementing dilution ventilation.
  • Administrative and work practice controls - Employers should establish efficient procedures and adjust employees’ work schedules as necessary to prevent overexposure to harmful chemicals.
  • Personal protective equipment - Employers should ensure that employees always use the proper equipment that will limit their exposure to harmful chemicals, including protective clothing, eye protection, gloves, and respiratory equipment.

Contact a Workers’ Comp Attorney

If you have been exposed to harmful chemicals while at work, and you suffered an injury or contracted a disease as a result, the dedicated attorneys at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio can help you receive the compensation that you deserve. Contact our Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys today to schedule a free initial consultation.

Source:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/hazardoustoxicsubstances/


Warehouse Accidents

Posted: September 29th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Workplace Injury | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

DuPage County workers compensation attorneys, warehouse accidents, forklift accidents, forklift falls, workplace accidentWarehouses are notorious for the injuries they cause to even the most skilled and experienced employees. A combination of loud noises, heavy machinery, forklifts, stacked merchandise, and potential for fire and electrical shock makes the fast-paced arena of a warehouse dangerous. Yet, some of the most common types of injuries are chronic, such as hearing loss and back pain.

If you have suffered any type of occupational injury or illness during your time as a warehouse worker, it is your right to pursue workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation pays for things like medical bills and your wages while you take time to recover. For help with your case, do not hesitate to reach out to a skilled attorney immediately.

Common Warehouse Injuries

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), across the country over 145,000 employees work in warehouses—an occupation that has an injury and fatality rate much higher than the average occupation.

The most common warehouse injuries include:

  • Forklift accidents;
  • Stacking products;
  • Improper use or failure to use personal protective equipment;
  • Failure to follow lockout or tagout procedures;
  • Poor fire safety procedures; and
  • Repetitive Motion Injuries (RMIs).

Dangerous Places and Machinery in Warehouses

  • Docks: Loading dock injuries often involve forklift accidents and falls. A fall from even a four or five foot ledge can result in a traumatic brain injury, broken ribs, fractured limbs, or even a severed spinal cord. Chronic, lasting back pain or soft tissue damage is a more common result of taking such a fall, and can be difficult to be compensated for if there is no X-ray showing a fracture. Yet, the chronic pain from taking a loading dock fall can last years or a lifetime and seriously deteriorate your quality of life, especially if left untreated.
  • Conveyors: Common conveyor accidents occur when an employee gets a hand or finger caught in between a belt or other moving part of the conveyor. Falling objects can crush feet, hands, and injure other body parts, while the most common injury associated with conveyors are chronic repetitive motion injuries. A repetitive motion injury occurs from doing the same movement, such as awkwardly bending over to pick up an object or box, over and over again throughout the span of months and years.
  • Forklifts: Forklifts, which account for nearly 100,000 workplace injuries every year, are dangerous even when operated by experienced drivers. In fact, a forklift driver was tragically killed in a workplace accident last summer in Des Plaines, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

Reach Out to an Attorney for Professional Help with Your Case

If you were injured in a workplace accident or have a chronic injury due to a repetitive motion, do not hesitate to contact the dedicated DuPage County workers’ compensation attorneys at our law office today for legal assistance in receiving the compensation that you deserve. We are prepared to help you immediately.

Sources:

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/3220_Warehouse.pdf

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/man-killed-in-forklift-accident-at-des-plaines-warehouse/


Lawn Mower Accidents

Posted: September 14th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Workers Comp, Workers compensation attorney | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Chicago workers’ compensation attorney, lawn mower accidents, amputations, lacerations, maintenance employeeIn just a span of six weeks, two Chicago-area workers were killed in lawn mower accidents. One of the workers, who was employed at the Hanover Park Public Works Department as a water treatment operator, became pinned underneath a large lawn mower in a pool of water, drowning to death. The other worker was a maintenance employee at a suburban country club. While riding the mower, trimming grass on an incline, the mower tipped over and crushed him to death. The cause of death was traumatic asphyxiation and blunt force trauma, according to CBS Chicago.

These tragic stories serve to remind all of us that large machinery always poses a threat to the workers who use it, and large riding lawn mowers are dangerous no matter how much experience and no matter how many years you have been on the job. Both men were well into middle age, and the former had worked for his employer for more than 19 years.

Common Lawn and Landscaping Maintenance Injuries

Lawn mower accidents cause more than 80,000 people every year to visit the emergency department, according to ABC News. While the majority of those victims are homeowners and their children, even experienced professionals are prone to serious injury and amputation.

Most injuries and fatalities caused by push lawn mowers are lacerations caused by blades. The most common areas of injury are to the hands, feet, and limbs. Burn injuries also happen frequently from overheating engines and fires started by malfunctioning mowers or sparks that set off grass fires.

Riding lawn mowers are fast, efficient, and help landscapers maintain their energy by keeping them off their feet. However, riding mowers, just like push mowers, are incredibly dangerous when not used properly, when not enough training was given to the employee, when the mower is not well-maintained, or when the terrain is less than flat, which is most of the time.

In addition to amputation and lacerations injuries caused by blades, riding lawn mowers present a serious hazard of rolling over and crushing the worker.

Workers’ Compensation for Injuries and Amputations

If you suffer any type of injury from a lawn mower while on the job, you are eligible for workers’ compensation through your employer’s insurance provider. Benefits include medical and wage replacement. If you were amputated, you can receive compensation for your lost finger, toe, hand, or limb by contacting an Illinois workers’ compensation attorney.

Call a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Whether you were injured on the job by a lawn mower or other machinery or tool, do not hesitate to contact the passionate Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio today to ensure that you receive the full workers’ compensation benefits that you deserve. We are eager to assist you throughout each step of your case.

Sources:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/05/15/maintenance-worker-crushed-killed-by-lawn-mower-in-northbrook/

http://abcnews.go.com/US/lawn-mower-injury-alert/story?id=32059032