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Manufacturing accidents can cause catastrophic injuries

Owners of industrial facilities in Illinois and other states must comply with numerous safety regulations that are specifically aimed at protecting factory workers. Industrial employees are often exposed to the dangers of moving machine parts that lack prescribed safeguards. Another typical hazard that could lead to manufacturing accidents is the absence of devices to prevent unintentional startups during maintenance or cleaning of equipment.

Untrained forklift drives suffers fatal work injury

An employee of Menards Inc. -- a home improvement chain with branches across the Midwest, including in Illinois -- believes the employer does not care about the health and safety of its employees. This follows the tragic death of a forklift operator at one of the company's outlets in another state. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's records indicate that this was not the first fatal work injury in this company's history.

Work-related accident claims life of Illinois sewer worker

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribe safety regulations to address the known dangers in every industry. However, some hazards exist in many different industries, and business owners must ensure that employees are protected from harm. One such a hazard is mechanical equipment such as lawn mowers. Following a recent fatal work\-related accident in Illinois, safety investigators are trying to determine whether non-compliance with safety regulations might have been the cause.

Drowning death appears to have been a work-related accident

Sometimes, the life of a worker in Illinois or another state is lost when nobody is nearby to either help the victim or provide information about the circumstances that caused the death. In some cases, it is not even clear whether a work\-related accident caused the fatality. Although investigators will work to find the answers, the situation may cause additional traumatic for loved ones looking for explanations about what happened.

Vocational rehabilitation could help you get back to work

Sometimes, after a work-related injury, it is tough to resume job duties. Imagine that you suffered an injury while working in a machine shop. The injury did damage to your hand, limiting your ability to perform the same duties you had before the accident. To return to work, you will have to learn a new skill. This is where vocational rehabilitation comes into play.

Can drones lower the number of fatal workplace accidents?

Workers in all industries in Illinois and elsewhere face serious injury hazards and even death on a daily basis. Figures released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration revealed that the number of fatal workplace accidents in 2015 equaled approximately 13 deaths per day -- the total was 4,836. Reportedly, one of the most common causes of occupational fatalities is fall accidents -- either falls from higher levels or falls from trip or slip hazards.

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