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Staying safe in a machine shop

As a new machine shop apprentice, you may be unfamiliar with all the dangers that are present in your work environment. There are hazards lurking around every corner that can cause harm to a machinist. From minor cuts to amputations and even blindness, there are very dangerous accidents that could happen to you any time you walk onto the shop floor.

Construction site falls without safety harnesses are often fatal

Construction company owners in Illinois and other states who fail to provide employees who work at heights with fall protection put the lives of their workers on the line. Employees may not realize that they have the right to refuse to work at heights exceeding the safety limit without safety harnesses, lanyards and anchors that could arrest falls and save lives. Such precaution might have saved the life of a construction worker in a neighboring state earlier this month.

Work-related accident: Explosion at truck factory injures 6

Explosions at factories in Illinois or anywhere else can be devastating. It is the type of work\-related accident that can cause injuries or death to many workers in the blink of an eye. When an explosion at a truck factory in another state recently occurred, the consequences could have been much worse had most of the 1,000 employees not been off-site for training purposes. Only six workers were injured, and there were no reports of fatalities.

Workplace accidents risks prevalent at Illinois roofing company

It is hard to see how business owners can have a complete disregard for the safety of those who ensure they make money. A roofing company in Illinois was put on the Severe Violator Enforcement Program of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, but the agency reported that a recent inspection determined that the company had made no effort to address employee safety, and employees remain at risk of being involved in workplace accidents. As many times before, OSHA issued citations for willful violations after the most recent inspection.

3 thinks injured construction workers should know

Your wife and young children count on you being able to work to make ends meet. As a construction worker, you go to work each day knowing that you are at an increased risk for being injured because of an accident. Have you ever thought of what would happen to your family if you were injured? Would you be able to keep a roof over your head, your utilities on and food on the table? In many cases, filing a workers' compensation claim can help you to make ends meet. Here are three points that you should know about injuries at construction sites and compensation afterward.

MSHA says fatal work-related accident in coalmine was preventable

The lives of coal mine workers in Illinois and elsewhere who have to share their workspaces with 65-ton machines will always be at risk. The Mine Safety and Health Administration underscored the importance of compliance with safety regulations in a recent report after investigating the death of a mine worker in a neighboring state. Federal investigators determined that the employer was aware of the hazard that caused this fatal work\-related accident, but failed to address it.

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