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3 Signs That Your Employer Was Negligent

September 9th, 2015 at 1:12 pm

OSHA, regulations, Illinois Workers Compensation AttorneysAn Illinois company is facing a massive $71,000 fine after a worker suffered injuries to his left arm while operating a machine that did not have any safety devices. The Chicago Tribune reported that he was using sandpaper to remove rust from a part of the machine.

His hand was caught and pulled into the spinning parts, breaking his bones. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the federal agency charged with the enforcement of safety and health legislation, said employees often pay the “painful price” when companies do not follow safety standards.

In today’s competitive economy, companies in every industry are looking for ways to cut costs. In some cases, this means that proper safety precautions are not taken, and it is the worker who suffers.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires that companies adhere to certain regulations. If you have been injured at work, there is a chance that your company did not meet some of these standards, and you could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. It is important to recognize signs that your employer was negligent:

1. Insufficient Protective Equipment

In workplaces where there is heavy machinery, high temperatures, and chemical fumes, OSHA requires employers to provide personal protective equipment, including hardhats and breathing devices when appropriate. The regulations also state that equipment must be clean and functional, and be equipped with the proper safety features.

2. No Hazard Assessment

OSHA requires employers to assess where hazardous conditions may occur on the factory floor. There have been cases when employers failed to protect employees from hazards such as falling objects, slippery spills, and excessive noise levels.

3. Inefficient Safety Training

OSHA requires that employees who handle hazardous duties in factories undergo training on safety procedures. It is possible your employer has not followed these safety regulations. This means that if you or anyone in your family was injured while on the job, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

Call a Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer to find out what civil recourse you may have for compensation for the pain and loss you have suffered. Attorney Francis J. Discipio has 20 years of experience fighting to protect the rights of his client. Call 630-574-2288 to schedule a consultation.





A Dirty Work Environment Could Increase Explosion Risk

June 30th, 2014 at 2:11 pm

explosion, workers' compensation, Chicago lawyer, Illinois workers' compensation attorneyWhen many people think of hazardous working conditions, the first things that come to mind are the careers of law enforcement, firemen, members of the armed forces and construction workers. Many think of common dangers in these career paths that can cause injury.

As reported by Mother Jones, the hazardous condition that employees faced at Hoeganaes Corporation was a dirty work environment, which caused several explosions. Dangerous explosions can lead to workers’ compensation claims.

The company is a metal powder plant that provides the iron powder to vendors such as car part makers. According to several earlier reports, employees have complained about the hazardous coating of powder covering surfaces all over the plant. Workers have even reported that they had become accustomed to putting out small fires quite frequently with extinguishers and even their gloved hands. This inattentiveness to previous warnings ended with an accident where a worker was engulfed in flames. According to Mother Jones, he was burned over 95 percent of his body, and died in the hospital two days later.

While many jobs that have hazards involved, it is the employer’s responsibility to provide the employee with a safe place to work as well as the knowledge and tools to do their job safely. When the employer does not provide a clean workplace or does not heed warnings, this can result in injury to the workers. This is the basis of many workers’ compensation claims.

It seems that it would be a clear cut case and the worker would be justly compensated for injuries. However, this is not always the case. You have to be able to prove that you did everything right and that you do not share in any of the negligence when it comes to your injury. You will also have to go through medical testing and examination. This can be a scary and stressful process, but a necessary one to receive the money that you deserve. You have a better chance of winning your case with the assistance of an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer.

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