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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/

OSHA Announces New Reporting Regulations for Employers

October 29th, 2014 at 12:17 am

workplace accident OSHAThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new, stricter regulations for companies to file reports when there is a workplace accident. OSHA is the federal agency that oversees the enforcement of the safety and health of all employees in this country.

The new regulations will go into effect on January 1, 2015. One of the changes that OSHA is implementing is the requirement that companies now report accidents where a fatality has occurred. The new rule requires managers to file a detailed report within eight hours of the accident. Under the current regulations, companies are only required to file a report with OSHA if there are three or more employees killed in a workplace accident.

Reporting requirements for workplace accidents where an employee suffers amputation, the loss of an eye, or has severe enough injuries that require in-patient hospitalization have also been changed. Under the current rules, companies are only required to report these types of workplace accidents if again, just like workplace fatalities, three or more employees are affected. The new regulation now requires companies to file a detailed report with OSHA within 24 hours of any accident which results in these types of injuries to an employee.

OSHA’s announcement of regulation changes came just days after the Bureau of Labor Statistics released their report, 2013 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, which reveals that there were 4,405 employees who were killed on the job last year. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez stressed that on the job accidents which injure or kill employees are “absolutely preventable” and the goal of the new regulations is to “hold employees accountable for preventing” these accidents.

Dr. David Michaels, the assistant secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, pointed out that serious accidents and fatalities are indicators of serious issues at a company. “Hospitalizations and amputations are sentinel events, indicating that serious hazards are likely to be present at a workplace and that an intervention is warranted to protect the other workers at the establishment,” he said.

If you or a loved one has suffered a workplace injury, you need an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney to represent you and make sure you receive the compensation you are entitled to under the law.

 

 

Study Finds Many Undocumented Workers Stuck in Dangerous Jobs

August 6th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

undocumented workersA recent study conducted by Cornell University and Penn State University found that illegal immigrants who are working in high-risk or dangerous jobs are not paid a pay premium for working in those hazardous conditions.

The study, titled The Occupational Cost of Being Illegal in the United States: Legal Status, Job Hazards and Compensating Differentials, analyzed data from the U.S. Census’ Survey of Income and Program Participation. This survey provides information about visa and citizenship status. They also used data from Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries and the Department of Labor’s Occupational Information Network.

Not only do undocumented workers not receive a pay premium for working in dangerous conditions, but if they are injured, most are too scared to report the injury for fear they will be deported.

According to the study, one of the biggest problems is the language barrier that often exists when it comes to effective safety training. Another factor regarding undocumented workers in hazardous working environments is that many employers who hire illegal immigrants are not concerned that any safety hazards will be reported because the undocumented worker is afraid of losing their job if they do.

The research team said the evidence they found shows that undocumented workers are not employed in the most dangerous jobs – which are in mining and logging. Instead, they can be found at jobs in agriculture and construction, which can also pose serious health risks. Additionally, many undocumented workers are employed at jobs where they are exposed to dangerous chemicals or radiation, such as working in a dry cleaners or working as janitors in healthcare facilities.

Many state court decisions have ruled that an undocumented worker who is injured on the job is entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. If you have been injured on the job, contact an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation attorney to find out what civil recourse you may have for compensation for pain and loss you have suffered.

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