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Occupational Truck Accident Injuries

October 25th, 2017 at 7:04 pm

DuPage County workers' compensation attorney, occupational truck accident, occupational truck accident injuries, occupational injury, dangerous occupationsThis summer, a Chicago man, who was set to retire in just two months, was crushed to death by a concrete truck while working on it, according to WGN 9 News. The mechanic was told that the booster of the cement truck was locked.

The booster is the wheeled-section at the back of a cement truck, which is normally seen in the upright mode during transportation. The booster fell when he was working on the truck, killing him. According to the man’s son, time and time again he allegedly said that “someday this job will kill me.”

Communication Errors

While the occupation of truck driver is, of course, dangerous, so too are the jobs of the people who provide maintenance and loading of trucks, and everyone who works around trucks. One of the most common causes of injury or fatality is during backing up. This is typically caused by miscommunication. While one employee may be buckling down a strap, moving an object onto or off of the truck, using a forklift, or attending to some sort of maintenance, the driver of the truck begins to back up, or move forwards, causing the other worker to be crushed or pinned in between the truck and another object.

Just recently, a worker was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition in Effingham, Illinois, when he was pinned between a semi-trailer and another object at Pinnacle Foods, according to Effingham Daily News. Pinnacle Foods is a warehouse operation that distributes food products including Duncan Hines, Log Cabin, and Mrs. Butterworth. This is the second incident of this particular employer in the same year. In February, an employee was pinned between a forklift and racking equipment.

Caught-In Hazards

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), caught-in hazards are one of the leading causes of construction fatalities. Caught-in hazards include getting pinned between falling objects such as machinery, equipment, merchandise or products, collapsing walls or beams, and, of course, trucks and other vehicles. Nearly 300 workers die each year from caught-in accidents.

Contact an Attorney Today for Help with Your Workers’ Compensation Case

Whether your employer was at fault or not, if you were struck by a truck, pinned, or were the victim of another type of caught-in accident, you deserve to be swiftly awarded workers’ compensation.

Contact a dedicated DuPage County workers’ compensation attorney at our office today. We will advocate aggressively on your behalf to help you recover the compensation to which you are rightfully entitled.

Sources:

https://www.osha.gov/dte/grant_materials/fy08/sh-17792-08/caught_in_english_r6.pdf

http://www.effinghamdailynews.com/news/local_news/worker-critically-injured-after-being-pinned-by-semitrailer/article_46d34910-4ae0-11e7-b92b-e763b1a267ed.html

http://wgntv.com/2017/05/25/man-crushed-to-death-by-truck-at-work/

Hazardous Chemicals

October 13th, 2017 at 9:55 am

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

September 29th, 2017 at 8:01 am

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/

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