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New Rules for Communications Tower Workers

October 8th, 2014 at 10:12 am

communication tower worker safety, Chicago workers compensation lawyerThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued new regulations for its Communications Tower directive. The new updates focuses on hoist systems which are used to move workers to and from workstations located on communication towers.

The instructions were issued among growing concern over the spike of fatalities that have occurred at communications tower sites. There was twice the number of fatalities in 2013 as there were in the combined years of 2011 and 2012. Thirteen people were killed in communications tower work accidents last year. As of July of this year, there have already been 9 people killed in accidents.

According to OSHA, the mortality rate of communications tower employees is 25 times more than the average American worker. In February of this year, the agency sent letters to all communication workers, urging them to follow the strict guidelines that have been put in place for their protection. The letter outlined how critical it is for tower workers to be provided with proper training in safe work practices. The letter also cited the importance of workers to have the proper equipment, as well as training in the correct way to use that equipment.

In 2002, OSHA issued a directive regarding the correct way to use hoist and other fall arrest systems. This directive also included instructions on how to hoist and move workers safely. However, the directive only covered workers who were in the process of erecting new communication towers, but not for maintenance on existing towers. The new directive addresses workers who are working on either existing or new communication towers.

In a statement announcing the new rules, Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health said, “This directive ensures that communication tower workers are protected regardless of the type of the work they are doing on communication towers. Employers and cell tower owners and operators must make sure workers are properly trained and protected.”

If you or someone in your family has been injured on the job, contact an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney to find out what civil recourse you may have for compensation for pain and loss you have suffered.

What if You Suffer a Mild Brain Injury at Work

March 24th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

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Most jobs have some chance of injury. It may be a construction job with big, heavy machinery, a restaurant job with slippery kitchen floors and hot surfaces, or an office job that may involve heavy boxes or repetitive stress injury. When you are injured at work, it is important to protect your own health by taking time to recover, but also to protect yourself financially by requesting workers’ compensation benefits.

One injury that can occur at work is a mild brain injury. A mild brain injury is defined as “any brain trauma that is the result of a blunt hit, that is mild in force” by the Brain Association of America. If you have been struck by machinery or if you have even fallen and hit your head at work, be sure to seek medical attention for a proper diagnosis of your injury.

Early symptoms of a mild brain injury include the following:

  • Headaches;
  • Dizziness or vertigo;
  • A lack of awareness to one’s own surroundings;
  • Nausea;
  • Memory dysfunction, usually short term involving the trauma;
  • Vomiting.

After hitting your head, even if you  do not suffer these symptoms, there is no guarantee that you have not suffered from a mild brain injury. Other symptoms may arise later in time such as:

  • Persistent, but not severe, headache;
  • Feeling light-headed;
  • Inability to pay attention or concentrate;
  • Ringing in one’s ears;
  • Excessive or easy to feel fatigued;
  • Intolerance to loud noises;
  • Intolerance of bright light, including the sun, or difficulty focusing one’s vision;
  • Anxiety or depressed mood  that was not previously present;
  • Irritability or a low tolerance to become frustrated .

If you have chosen not to receive immediate medical attention, but you have noticed these symptoms after suffering a head trauma, you should seek medical help. If you have missed work due to symptoms or you have had medical expenses due to the trauma, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

Contact the Law Office of Francis J Discipio for assistance in seeking your compensation benefits today. Workers’ compensation attorneys are ready to help in a Cook County court.

Spinal Cord Injuries at Work

February 20th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

spinal cord injuryEmployees of all kinds can be injured at work, from working at a manual labor job to reaching for a high shelf and straining back muscles in a corporate job. That is why workers’ compensation benefits exist. If you are injured on the job, you may be entitled to these benefits.

The central nervous system is made up of the spinal cord and the brain; the spinal cord sends and receives all information between the brain and all other organs in the body. If the spinal cord is injured, the brain’s communication pathway to the rest of the body is impaired.

Injury can occur from disease in the spinal cord or surrounding bones, tissues, or blood vessels, along with various physical damages, according to the New York Times Health Guide.

Safety precautions tend not to be geared towards workplace injuries, but it is still likely that a spinal cord can be injured or a previous injury can be made worse at work. If the spinal cord has been weakened from bone disease or age, minor injuries can also cause serious damage.

Direct injury may occur from:

  • Cuts from bone fragments or metal fragments;
  • The spinal cord being moved in irregular ways such as being pulled, pressed sideways, or compressed;
  • Buildup of blood or other fluid that may cause swelling in or around the spinal cord, creating pressure.

If you are concerned that your spinal cord has been injured or you have risk factors that may lead to spinal cord injury, you should visit your doctor. Exams can be done on your brain and nervous system to identify an injury and its location.

After being injured at work, it is important to seek medical attention. If you find that you have an injury to your spinal cord, contact a workers’ compensation attorney to help you file a claim against the person at fault for the accident.

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