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December 2014 Archives

Man found dead in school work truck

Just after noon, employees of an Illinois elementary school found a 42-year-old man dead in the back of a school maintenance truck. There were no signs of violence at the scene, and no cause of death was immediately apparent. The high sides of the truck bed prevented an easy view into the back, while also sheltering any occupants from the winter cold. For this reason the driver of the truck, an employee of the school, had been using the vehicle throughout the morning unaware of the body.

Workplace vehicle safety

Motor vehicle accidents are a serious problem across Illinois. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that motor vehicle accidents lead to more work-related deaths than any other cause. Many of these accidents occur when drivers collide with workers at roadside work sites or construction areas. When driver negligence leads to worker injuries, it may be possible to obtain appropriate compensation.

Statistics on job-related injuries in agriculture

People in Illinois who are employed in agriculture might be aware that it is one of the most dangerous industries to work in but are probably unaware of the statistics for fatal and non-fatal accidents. In 2012, around 1.8 million people in the United States worked full-time in production agriculture. But it is not only farmers and farm workers who are at risk for workplace injuries but also family members who live on farms and might share some of the work.

Illinois construction worker injured in bridge crane accident

A construction accident on the I-90 bridge over the Fox River has left one man critically injured. The 51-year-old man was reportedly working on the I-90 reconstruction project at the time of the accident.

Using safer lifting practices to avoid workplace injuries

Lifting heavy objects in the workplace can cause Illinois workers to suffer from serious back and shoulder injuries. According to information gathered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shoulder and back injuries accounted for a significant percentage of the injuries that involved missed workdays. The leading causes of these kinds of injuries were found to be cumulative trauma and overexertion.

Safety rules can reduce heavy equipment accidents

Working at a construction site can be hazardous to a person's health. By taking a few precautions, Illinois residents who operate heavy machinery can cut down on their chances of being involved in a workplace accident. Construction workers suffer 150,000 injuries a year nationwide, with 824 being killed on the job in 2013. By following a few common-sense guidelines, construction companies and their employees may be able to cut down on the number of work-related injuries, according to workplace safety experts.

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