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Archive for June, 2014

A Dirty Work Environment Could Increase Explosion Risk

June 30th, 2014 at 2:11 pm

explosion, workers' compensation, Chicago lawyer, Illinois workers' compensation attorneyWhen many people think of hazardous working conditions, the first things that come to mind are the careers of law enforcement, firemen, members of the armed forces and construction workers. Many think of common dangers in these career paths that can cause injury.

As reported by Mother Jones, the hazardous condition that employees faced at Hoeganaes Corporation was a dirty work environment, which caused several explosions. Dangerous explosions can lead to workers’ compensation claims.

The company is a metal powder plant that provides the iron powder to vendors such as car part makers. According to several earlier reports, employees have complained about the hazardous coating of powder covering surfaces all over the plant. Workers have even reported that they had become accustomed to putting out small fires quite frequently with extinguishers and even their gloved hands. This inattentiveness to previous warnings ended with an accident where a worker was engulfed in flames. According to Mother Jones, he was burned over 95 percent of his body, and died in the hospital two days later.

While many jobs that have hazards involved, it is the employer’s responsibility to provide the employee with a safe place to work as well as the knowledge and tools to do their job safely. When the employer does not provide a clean workplace or does not heed warnings, this can result in injury to the workers. This is the basis of many workers’ compensation claims.

It seems that it would be a clear cut case and the worker would be justly compensated for injuries. However, this is not always the case. You have to be able to prove that you did everything right and that you do not share in any of the negligence when it comes to your injury. You will also have to go through medical testing and examination. This can be a scary and stressful process, but a necessary one to receive the money that you deserve. You have a better chance of winning your case with the assistance of an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer.

Ladders Cause Deadly Falls

June 17th, 2014 at 8:26 pm

ladder safety, CDC, construction accident, lawyer, ladder fall, attorney, workers compensationAs summer approaches, construction and repair workers can be found in increasing numbers across Illinois perched on ladders to complete their work. New research from the Centers for Disease Control says that a ladder fall on the job can cause injury or death, and they may make up a significant portion of preventable workers’ compensation claims.

Ladder Falls can be Deadly

According to their data analysis, which was recently published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, nearly half of all falls that have resulted in death in the last ten years involved a ladder. Ladders are a critical source of unintended injuries on worksites, especially in the construction industry.

Although ladders are risky for use in the home, professionals can find themselves the victims of critical on-the-job injuries involving ladders. More than 80 percent of emergency hospital visits for fall incidents in the workplace were linked to ladder usage.

OSHA places certain regulations on any employer whose employees perform work at heights, although in an accident, the height of the ladder is not the most important factor. According to the CDC research, more than 45 percent of all ladder fatalities happened when the fall was between six and fifteen feet.

Ladder falls were most common in extraction and construction industries, and the smallest companies had the highest rates of ladder injuries. It is up to employers whose employees work on scaffolding or ladders to educate their employees on safety and proper use of equipment, as well as to inspect the equipment and ensure that it is up to regulations.

Preventing Ladder Accidents

Employers can do a lot to prevent the prevalence of injuries in the workplace by properly educating all workers about ladder safety. Many people underestimate the impact of a ladder fall from a shorter height, but safety precautions and education can help to improve workplace safety and reduce devastating injuries or deaths.

Both portable and extension ladders pose different safety hazards to employees. A new app from the CDC is meant to increase ladder safety for anyone with a smartphone who is using an extension ladder. The free app allows  the user to ensure the ladder is set at the correct angle to safely be used, and provides ladder safety tips to the user.

Contacting an Attorney

In some cases, if you have sustained an injury from a ladder fall at work, you may be eligible for compensation. If your loved one has been killed, your family may be eligible for compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact an Illinois workers’ compensation attorney who can explain your rights today.

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