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September 2014 Archives

Available benefits under Illinois workers' compensation law

Federal and state regulations require most employers possess workers' compensation insurance coverage to cover any work-related injuries that may occur. If a covered employee is injured while on the job site or performing work-related duties or suffers an occupational disease or injuries caused at least in part by her employment, then the injured employee is entitled to certain rights and benefits.

Recycling facility cited by OSHA following death of worker

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration found multiple violations in its investigation of an Illinois recycling facility following the death of a worker there on March 10. The worker, a 39-year-old man, was killed when his arm became caught in a conveyor belt. According to an OSHA press release, at least three other workers at the facility had been exposed to dangers during the cleaning of unguarded equipment.

Determining responsibility for construction site injuries

Construction workers in Illinois are probably aware that there are many dangers associated with their profession. Although there are some federal protections in place through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there may inevitably be certain hazards that are always present, such as the risk of being struck by moving or falling machines. Construction workers may also face health risks if they are exposed to asbestos or other chemicals.

2 dead, 1 injured after explosion at recycling facility

At 6:30 a.m. on August 25, the Total Metal Recycling (TMR) plant located on Missouri Avenue in Granite City, Illinois, which engages in the recycling of military materials, lost two workers after a mortar exploded. One other worker was injured in the explosion, and he was transported to a hospital in St. Louis.

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