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March 2015 Archives

McDonald's workers file complaints over burns

Illinois residents may find it interesting that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating 28 complaints filed by McDonald's employees who claim chronic understaffing and lack of protective gear at the fast-food chain has led to burns. The allegations, which were made public by the Service Employees International Union on March 16, involve McDonald's locations in 19 U.S. cities.

Fall hazards in the workplace

Many Illinois construction workers are at risk for falls while on the job, especially when they are framing or erecting walls on buildings that have multiple stories. Workers can potentially fall through open spaces, such as windows or doors, or fall through floor openings. However, there are certain ways that employers can reduce the risk of fall hazards and potential injuries.

Separate reports note workers' comp coverage problems

According to both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and ProPublica, worker benefits for job-related injuries and illnesses are creating difficult situations for families across the country. Illinois is one of the states that has seen slight increases in workers' compensation benefits in recent years, but at least 30 states are dealing with moderate to severe cuts. The reports from OSHA and ProPublica were issued in March 2015, and both point to the concern that a pattern of cuts creates for families needing to compensate for lost income and medical expenses.

Avoiding the risks of nail gun injuries

Illinois construction workers may not all work with nail guns, but those who do can face significant safety risks if appropriate cautions are ignored. Statistics indicate that an estimated 37,000 such injuries occur in the United States each year, and the majority of these incidents take place in the residential construction sector.

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