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December 2011 Archives

Pet Food Maker Repeats Workplace Safety Violations

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that Illinois-based All-Feed Processing and Packaging Inc., is facing a number of serious citations for health and safety violations in the workplace. This announcement follows on the heels of a recent deadly explosion at a Kansas grain silo, further highlighting the gravity of safety violations at feed and grain handling sites. Unfortunately, All-Feed, which processes and packages animal food, is no stranger to such citations. OSHA considers the company to be a serious repeat offender, consistently failing to eliminate or reduce safety and health risks to their employees.

Fatal Explosion Highlights Dangers at Grain Elevators

A powerful explosion which destroyed a grain elevator at the Bartlett Grain Company in northeast Kansas also claimed six lives. The accident, which occurred on the evening of October 29, killed four Bartlett employees, Chad Roberts, 20, Ryan Federinko, 21, Curtis Field, 21, John Burke, 24, as well as two private grain inspectors, Travis Keil, 34 and Darrek Klahr. Also as a result of the explosion, two others received serious injuries which required their admittance to the University of Kansas Hospital’s burn unit. As officials prepare to investigate the exact cause of the explosion, a long history of injuries and fatalities for workers at grain elevators point to the danger seemingly inherent in the industry.

Preparing For Your Workers Compensation Case

When you’ve been injured at work, many things occupy your mind. “Will I ever get better?” “How am I going to pay for my medical and personal bills?” “Will I get fired if I can’t work?” “Is my injury covered by workers’ compensation?” The number of issues which arise can be incredibly overwhelming, especially when you consider the complicated network of employment and workers compensation laws and procedures that surround such an injury. Therefore, workers often seek out the guidance of an attorney to ensure they are protected when such an injury occurs. When meeting with your attorney, it’s important to provide them with information vital to the case. By arriving at your first meeting with all the pertinent documents and facts surrounding your injury, you can help to both expedite and ensure the success of your case.

Is Your Child's Car Seat Safe?

Most parents or caregivers would never allow a child to ride in a car without using safety restraints. Today, we are more aware that failing to use such devices is not only dangerous, but can be considered a criminal offense and/or child endangerment. As a result of this increased awareness, the rate of children injured in traffic accidents has fallen steadily. Unfortunately, an ongoing safety problem is the improper use of car seats. Despite caregivers’ best intentions, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that three out of four parents use child restraints incorrectly. All caregivers, therefore, can benefit from improving their knowledge of proper car seat use.

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