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What Risks Do Delivery Drivers Face On the Job?

November 29th, 2019 at 4:49 pm

IL work injury lawyer, IL workers comp attorneyWith it beginning to be the season of giving, delivery companies are hiring on extra help to get packages from merchant to customer. A delivery driver can expect shipments to weigh up to 70lbs, so there is often hard labor involved when getting packages to their final destinations. Even with the extra help, there is pressure on all delivery drivers this time of year. Heavy orders and poor weather conditions can lead to injuries that affect a driver’s ability to work. When this happens, workers’ compensation steps in to provide benefits.

Most employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance and all workers who are not contractors can request benefits. If a person is injured on the job or develops an injury or illness because of work, workers’ compensation will provide support to the injured or sick employee. Benefits include payment for lost wages and medical care due to the work injury. Treatment and compensation can only be for what was caused by employment and must be more severe than what a basic first aid kit can handle.

Like any laborer, delivery drivers risk injuries due to the nature of work. A person doing groundwork at UPS can expect the average package to weigh 25 – 35 lbs. People can order anything from bulk products to furniture, and it is a driver’s responsibility to get it from truck to doorstep.

Sprains and strains can happen easily with large and heavy packages. This kind of pain can be felt right away and is tearing or stretching of ligaments in the body. Common sites for sprains or strains are ankles, knees, wrists, and hands. A minor sprain can be treated at home, but a strain may require surgery to fix the damage. Either requires rest and time off of the affected area.

Anyone can slip and fall at work, a delivery driver may be required to walk on uneven and poorly managed properties. Poor footing and not being able to see the ground with a large parcel can lead to a fall. Drivers may also slip getting out of the driver’s seat, or getting a package from the back.

Contact a Cook County Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Improper lifting techniques or inexperience can cause injuries on the job. Even if an injury happens that is the fault of the employee may still be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. To make sure all potential benefits are fulfilled, contact a Chicago worker’s compensation attorney today. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/iwcc/about/Pages/insurance.aspx

https://www.jobs-ups.com/job/chicago/package-delivery-driver/1187/690853?utm_campaign=google_jobs_apply&utm_source=google_jobs_apply&utm_medium=organic

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sprains/symptoms-causes/syc-20377938

OSHA Mandates the Electronic Reporting of Work Injuries

May 14th, 2018 at 5:17 pm

DuPage County workers compensation attorneys, OSHA mandates, work injuries, workplace injury, unsafe work practicesThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA recently introduced a new rule that requires work injuries from certain businesses to be reported electronically via a new online injury tracking application. Since these businesses have already been required to keep records, this rule will not completely change how they operate. However, it is important to be aware of who is affected by this rule, why it was established, and who it can benefit.

What Businesses are Affected?

The new electronic reporting rule is for businesses with 250 or more employees. It was intended for businesses in industries that are known for high rates of workplace injuries. These industries include:

  •         Construction;
  •         Hospitals;
  •         Manufacturing;
  •         Nursing homes;
  •         Transportation; and 
  •         Utilities.

The Purpose of the New Rule

OSHA enacted this rule to improve the safety of industries with a track record of many on the job of injuries. The electronic data they gather will help them study the injuries and illnesses that arise.

Studying these injuries and illnesses will allow them to find patterns that may lead to recurring problems, design methods that can prevent common injuries, and pinpoint and eliminate hazards before they lead to injuries.

How Employees Will Benefit From the New Rule

The new role will also benefit employees because it will encourage them to disclose unsafe work practices without having to worry about retaliation. Although retaliation is currently illegal, OSHA has implemented more rules to protect anyone who reports unsafe or illegal activities in the workplace.

The new rule states that businesses must notify their employees of their right to report injuries and illnesses without worrying about retaliation. It also directs them to provide easy reporting instructions so that every employee is clear on how to report.

How Businesses Feel About the New Rule

While some businesses are okay with the new rule, others are not happy. Since electronic reporting means that their reports will become public, they are worried that investors may refrain from choosing their business. In addition, they are concerned that electronic reporting can lead to negative public relations.

OSHA believes that electronic reporting will benefit businesses because it will motivate them to create a safer workplace in order to keep their public profile positive. If they are dedicated to gaining investors and employees as well as customers, they will likely do whatever they can to reduce injury risk.

Contact the DuPage County Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

If you are injured on the job or notice an unsafe working condition, contact our highly skilled DuPage County workers’ compensation attorneys. We will make sure your rights are protected and guide you through the claims process if necessary.

Source:

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2017/12/15/474462.htm

New Illinois Law: Employee Leasing Company Act

January 20th, 2017 at 11:24 am

Illinois workers comp attorney, Illinois workers compensation lawyerAs the new year begins, it brings a number of new laws to the state of Illinois. The governor has approved House Bill 6225 to be implemented at workplaces starting early January 2017. The new worker’s comp law allows small businesses or places or employment that partner with outsourcing companies to maintain its own worker’s compensation insurance. It is beneficial to understand that injured workers are entitled to workers compensation for medical their bills and lost wages.

What does this mean for me?

If you lease out your business or are a lessee of a business building, the owner of that building and the people leasing the building must have some sort of leasing arrangement between them regarding worker’s comp insurance. They will not have to worry about keeping certain records filed. Both may provide workers’ comp insurance coverage for under a leasing arrangement.

What steps are there to take for the lessee and lessor?

As soon as the person leasing provides workers’ compensation coverage for their leased employees under the employee leasing arrangement that they have created, the lessor can then notify the Department of Insurance to make sure that proper and timely notification of their coverage to the Department.

How does this affect Illinois workers compensation?

The update to Illinois law regarding workers’ compensation may affect how businesses can provide safety for their employees. There a many ways that an employee can be injured in a workers’ comp case and some may not even be aware of how to go about getting insurance or filing a claim. There could be times with job-related injuries are not as obvious as one may think. It is important to keep in mind that if an employee has a pre-existing injury that they can use workers’ comp as well. Whether the injury takes place at a construction accident or if you already have a developed a condition due to stress stressing, having workers’ comp insurance extremely beneficial to have.

If you or someone that you know has been injured on the job and is receiving workers’ comp and would like to learn more about the employee leasing company act that was recently implemented, please contact the experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio. If you wish to speak with someone please call 630-574-2288 or visit may visit our website as well for more information.

Sources:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocTypeID=HB&DocNum=6225&GAID=13&SessionID=88&LegID=9576

 

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