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/


Risk of Injury in the Nursing Industry

Posted: May 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Workers Comp Benefits, Workers Compensation Insurance, Workplace Injury | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

injury-to-nursesWork injuries can happen in any industry. However, some professionals are more likely to experience an injury than others. For example, the construction industry is well known for its high rate of work injuries and fatalities. There is also another high-risk industry – the healthcare field – but it does not receive the same amount of attention as it should. Perhaps this is due, in part, to the reduced risk of immediate fatality from an injury. Whatever the reason for the lack of discussion may be, injuries in the healthcare field deserve recognition.

Nurses Especially Prone to Back Injuries

On any given day, a nurse can lift thousands of pounds. They must move patients, and may even be required to help one up that has passed out or fallen. Rarely is there equipment nearby to help – and even when there is, the situation may be too emergent to wait for the machinery to do its job. So, nurses lift. They bend. They lift and bend, all at the same time. Good body mechanics can help, but it is far from fail-proof.

Long-term work as a nurse, years of lifting and transferring patients, can take a toll on the muscles and structures of the back. A sudden slip of a patient while transferring can suddenly pull a nurse in the wrong direction. Add all of that to several hours (often 12 or more) walking and standing, and it is no wonder that back injuries are one of the most commonly experienced injuries among nurses.

Assault is Surprisingly Common

Assault is yet another common (but often misrepresented) injury risk among nurses. It is most common among those who work within assisted living facilities, such as residential centers for patients with disabilities or the elderly. However, assaults can and do occur in emergency rooms and hospitals as well. Patients who are suffering from a diabetic crash, brain injury, or some sort of illness or injury that changes the way their brain functions could react in ways that are not typical. An example would be attacking someone who is trying to help them, such as their nurse. It is not an overly common occurrence, but it can be severe.

Pursuing Workers’ Compensation After an Injury

If you or someone you love has been injured while working as a nurse, it is important that you seek experienced legal assistance. Not only do you have to worry about the time you may miss healing from the initial injury, but you should also consider its ability to impact your future. Let the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio help you navigate the complex process. Call 630-574-2288 and schedule your free consultation with our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer today.

 

Sources:

http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/local/nurse-work-comes-with-injury-risks/article_e134feea-9ce9-5bf9-902e-07ed55767455.html

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3826.pdf


The Most Dangerous Jobs in the US

Posted: February 3rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Workers Comp Benefits, Workplace Injury | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

Illinois workers comp lawyer, Illinois workers compensation attorney,Almost any job can result in a work injury, but some have an elevated risk. Often, this elevated risk can be seen in the potential for injury severity. For example, an office worker might be at risk for repetitive motions or slip and fall injuries, but a construction worker is more likely to be crushed by an object or to be struck by one. This means their risk of death is significantly higher than the office worker’s.

Why even examine risk, though? After all, it is not like one can simply leave their field. Yet, what you can do is be informed and educated. This can help you reduce your risk of an injury on the job, and it can ensure you know your rights, should an on-the-job death or injury happen to you or someone you love.

Examining the Most Dangerous Industries

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, senior employees are at the greatest risk of serious death or injury on the job. This is due, at least in part, to their lack of ability to heal as easily as younger workers. As such, any worker over the age of 55 should safeguard themselves against injury as much as possible. Exercise regularly, eat well, and visit your doctor for annual check-ups to ensure all is well.

Other workers who are considered to be at an especially high risk for death while working are fishers, loggers, and aircraft pilots. Specifically, loggers experienced 132 deaths per 100,000 workers. This is far greater than the average population (3.4 deaths per 100,000 workers), but the industry did not lead in the number of deaths experienced in the workplace. That sad and disappointing award when to the truck driving industry and farming industry, which say 885 and 252 deaths, respectively.

Protecting Your Right to Fair Compensation

Employers do not want you to know that you can (and should) obtain legal counsel for an on-the-job injury or wrongful death. That is because it could increase their insurance company’s payout, which could then, in return, hike their insurance rates. Do not let them keep money off of the table. Instead, contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer and fight for the settlement you and your loved ones deserve.

At the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, we understand the struggles you are facing. We know that your family may be struggling financially and that your injuries could potentially prevent you from working anytime in the near future. Fight back against deceptive employers and schedule a consultation with our experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys today.

 

Source:

http://time.com/4624034/most-dangerous-jobs-2015/