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Fatal construction worker injury kills Lake in the Hills man

Construction workers in Illinois often face life-threatening hazards on the job. It is the responsibility of all business owners to comply with federal safety regulations designed to prevent workplace injuries. It is also the employers' responsibility to monitor employee compliance with prescribed safety precautions. A recent fatal construction worker injury is currently under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to determine the cause of an employee's death.

Falls: Safety harness saves worker in scaffold collapse

While safety harnesses could be life-saving devices, they could be dangerous under certain circumstances. Falls from heights are high on the list of frequently reported workplace accidents in Illinois and other states. When a safety harness arrests a fall, leaving the victim suspended for too long can have devastating consequences.

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.

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.

Forklift strike causes fatal workplace injury to Illinois worker

Whenever workers on foot share their work areas with forklifts, the chances of tragedies exist. The dangers of such circumstances were underscored by the recent death of a worker at the construction site of a suburban reservoir in Illinois. A 55-year-old carpenter died when a forklift struck him, causing a fatal workplace injury.

Fatal fall through skylight days after similar workplace injury

When two similar on-the-job accidents occur on the same Illinois job site within days, it seems clear that the employer has disregarded the safety of employees. By addressing the safety hazard after one employee suffered a workplace injury on Nov. 3, the death of another worker might have been prevented. Sadly, this was not the case, and one family now has to cope with the sudden death of a loved one.

Injured IL worker unsuccessful in holding railroad liable for major injury, P.1

Last month, the Illinois Supreme Court issued a ruling that highlights the types of legal challenges an injured worker can face in seeking to hold a third-party liable for workplace injuries.

Failure to provide fall protection a common cause of construction site accidents

Last month, a construction worker died after falling from the third floor of a building in the Wicker Park neighborhood where he had been working on a construction project. The 54-year-old was later taken to the hospital, where he died from injuries. His death was ruled to be an accident, though some cases of construction site falls are not merely accidental. In some cases, construction falls are directly attributable to an employer’s failure to secure the premises to prevent worker falls.

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