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7 Safety Tips for Employees Who Handle Drywall

September 19th, 2018 at 4:27 pm

Handling drywall can lead to life-changing injuries and evenCook County workers' compensation attorney death for employees. If you are a carpenter, installer, or other type of worker who has to work with drywall, there are certain tips you should follow to reduce your risk of injury and a workers’ compensation claim. Here are seven safety tips for employees who handle drywall:

1. Determine the Weight of the Drywall

You should avoid handling drywall until you are aware of the weight of the sheet. Once you know its weight, you can make sure you have enough employees to help you complete the job. Drywall sheets may weigh anywhere between 55 to 120 pounds, so knowing the weight in advance can make it safer for you to transport and position the drywall.

2. Ask for Help When Lifting Heavy Sheets

Be sure to ask another employee to help you out any time you have to lift heavy and large drywall sheets. In addition, lift one layer at a time rather than trying to lift multiple sheets at the same time.

3. Try to Avoid Transporting Drywall

If possible, avoid having to transport the drywall. Ideally, the drywall sheets will be delivered directly to the site of installation. In the event this is not possible, use forklifts, dollies, or trucks to transport the drywall sheets safely to the installation site.

4. Be Careful with Vertical Pieces

Hanging vertical pieces of drywall can be particularly dangerous. When you are hanging them, lift the sheet, shift grips to opposite sides of the sheet, and rotate into an upright position.

5. Do Not Install Drywall By Hand

One of the most common reasons drywall accidents occur is because workers use their hands during the installation process. You should avoid using your hands and allow a drywall lift or drywall jacks to assist you.

6. Complete a Training Program

Handling drywall is no easy feat. Therefore, you should refrain from working with it until your employer has trained you on how to do so safely. Understanding the right installation and lifting techniques can significantly reduce your risk of an injury.

7. Take Breaks and Hydrate

In order to prevent overexertion, be sure to take frequent breaks from your drywall projects. You should also stay hydrated and try to rotate your tasks.

Contact Our Cook County Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

If you get hurt on the job while handling drywall, you should reach out to our highly skilled Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys. We can explain your legal options and help you file a workers’ compensation claim. Call our offices today at 630-574-2288. We offer free consultations to workers who have been hurt on the job.

Sources:

http://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/9670-handling-drywall-safely

Roofing Among Most Dangerous Construction Work

May 6th, 2016 at 12:05 pm

roofing, workers comp, Cook County workers compensation lawyerRoofing is one of the most dangerous civilian occupations in the United States. Not only are workers prone to injuries from carrying heavy loads, using dangerous equipment, and becoming fatigued from being exposed to the elements for many hours at a time, but the added risk of a fall is what makes the job truly perilous. According to the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) Data Center, a study found that roofing actually made up one-third of fall-related fatalities within the construction sector from 1992 to 2009. This is striking, because roofers do not make up anywhere near one third of construction workers. Additionally, the study found troubling data that showed that roofers who were employed by smaller companies, as well as those roofers who were residential construction workers, Hispanic roofers, and immigrant roofers had the highest rates of fatal roofing accidents.

More Than 2,000 Roofing Fatalities From 1992 to 2009

In total, there were 20,498 occupational fatalities in the construction industry from the years 1992 to 2009, according to EHStoday.com. Statistics show that 6,591 of those were from falls, and of those, 2,163 fatalities were the result of a roofing fall. Falls, not surprisingly, account for 76 percent of roofing fatalities and roofers are three times as likely to die on the job than other construction workers. The study suggests that roofing contractors need to have written fall protection programs, as well as adequate fall training and equipment. Often, the proper equipment is not used in roofing projects. While 34 percent of the roofing deaths were from residential work, only 18 percent of all construction deaths occur on residential projects. This suggests that fall protection equipment is not used sufficiently in residential work. Likewise, the smaller the roofing crew or construction company, the more likely it is that those workers will suffer serious injury or death from a roofing fall. Two-thirds of fatal roofing falls occurred when the crew was made up of fewer than 10 employees. Finally, Hispanic workers accounted for a disproportionately large number of fatal falls. They make up 25 percent of all construction fatalities, yet made up 35 percent of fatal roofing falls.

Roofing a Short-Lived Career Due to Chronic Pain

There are other dangers aside from falling on the job while roofing a home. In a separate study, researchers found that 10 percent of roofers left their trade within one year. The younger the worker, the more severe the economic impact was, and those who left for health reasons suffered mild to severe economic implications. The reason for leaving: chronic pain and degenerative health from the physical implications of roofing. Laura Welch, M.D., the lead author of the paper, said that, “A 54-year-old worker is considered to be in his or her prime in most industries,” Dr. Welch obvserved. “They’re knowledgeable, experienced and can serve as mentors to younger workers. But construction puts extremely high demands on the body, day after day. And workers are in high-hazard environments. When you have chronic low back pain, as many of these workers do, you’re lucky to get to work every day.”

If you or a loved one have suffered any serious injuries related to employment, such as chronic pain or a fall, contact an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney with the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio today at 630-574-2288. Our attorneys can help ensure you are compensated for your losses.

 

Sources:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022437512001247

http://ehstoday.com/construction/falls-roofs-account-one-third-construction-fall-fatalities

http://ehstoday.com/health/ergonomics/msd-injuries-health-problems-roofers-early-retirement-9921

5 Surprising Facts about Workers’ Compensation in Illinois

August 13th, 2015 at 1:01 pm

workers' compensation, benefits, Chicago Workers Compensation AttorneysThe challenges of a workplace injury extend beyond the physical recovery. Victims may not be able to return to work, and serious injuries can cause lifestyle limitations.

If you want to learn about the benefits of workers’ compensation and whether you are eligible, call a workers’ comp layer for guidance. In the meantime, here are five surprising facts about workers’ comp:

1. Part-time employees are covered.

Workers’ compensation insurance policies cover both part- and full-time employees, according to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. If you are hurt on the job, your part-time or full-time status cannot prevent you from collecting benefits.

2. You can work with your own doctor.

Illinois law allows workers’ compensation recipients to work with a doctor of their choice. Also, employers have the right to request a case review from a physician of their choice.

3. You cannot lose your job while collecting workers’ compensation.

In Illinois, employers cannot fire workers while they are collecting benefits. No matter how much time it takes for you to recover, you will keep your job.

4. Workers’ comp can help you find a new job if you are unable to return to your old one.

Some workplace injuries are so serious that victims cannot return to work. Fortunately, workers’ comp benefits cover vocational training to help injured employees find a new job.

5. No industry causes more workplace injuries than construction.

According to the United States Department of Labor, construction accidents killed 4,585 workers in 2013. That is 12 fatalities per day and 88 per week. The four most common causes of construction site injuries are:

  •         Struck by Object Accidents
  •         Falls
  •         “Caught Between” Accidents
  •         Electrocutions

U.S. and state legislators have introduced several laws to keep employees safe in the workplace. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration enforces these laws. In the last four decades, efforts from OSHA and other organizations have cut workplace accident rates by 67 percent.

If you have suffered an injury at work and would like to speak with a Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer, call the Law Offices at Francis J. Discipio at 630-574-2288.

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