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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/

Emergency Responder Injury Rate

March 29th, 2017 at 1:50 pm

Illinois workers comp attorney, Illinois worker compensation laws, Americans rely heavily on the speed, knowledge, and efficiency of emergency responders. Yet these government workers are often offered lower than expected wages. Further, a new study has found that they also have a higher than expected injury rate. Learn more about the risks associated with these all-too-common work injuries, and what you, as a victim, can do to protect the financial future of yourself and your family.

Understanding the Risks

Conducted by the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education, and the UCLA Labor Center, the recent study examined the salary and injury incidence of more than 16,000 emergency responders throughout the state. What they found was that salaries were far lower than expected, and the rate of injury was alarmingly high. Long shifts and stress were determined to be major contributing factories, but lower wages could also impact morale and may be at least partially responsible for the overall high risk of job injury. It should also be noted that EMT workers also had an alarmingly high rate of depression, suicidal ideation, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Mitigating the Risks

Legislation and advocacy are needed to raise the wages of EMT, but there are many ways that citizens, employers, and even employees, can help reduce the risk of injury. For example, employers could ensure that their employees and supervisors are following all regulations regarding sleeping schedules. Individuals can contact their government branches, asking for better protection for EMTs and other first-responders. Workers can employ healthy sleeping and eating practices to reduce their overall risk of injury. Assistance from a skilled therapist may also be helpful for those who are experiencing emotional injuries from their line of work.

When Injuries Happen

No matter how careful you try to be, no matter how hard you fight for something, accidents can and do happen. Thankfully, you do not have to face your injuries alone. Instead, you can contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to help you navigate the complex and confusing process of filing a claim.

At the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, we strive for the most favorable outcome in every case. Experienced and highly dedicated to protecting your rights, health, and financial future, our Chicago workers’ compensation attorney can assist with your case. Call 630-574-2288 and schedule a consultation with us today.

 

Source:

http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/EMS-Release.pdfemergency-responder

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