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Workplace accidents: Dust explosion at corn mill kills 4

Residents of a small community in a state neighboring Illinois are struggling to get over the deaths caused by an explosion at a corn mill that is the cornerstone of the town. Corn mills nationwide, including in Illinois, will always pose dust explosion hazards, and only compliance with safety regulations can prevent such tragic workplace accidents. While smoke was still drifting from the site, the death of a fourth worker was announced.

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.

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.

Fatal workplace injury kills employee of metal manufacturer

Employees in manufacturing facilities in Illinois are typically exposed to many life-threatening hazards whenever they are on duty. Industrial facilities have scores of dangerous machinery and equipment, each posing unique dangers. Furthermore, in factories, there are always risks of workers falling from platforms, being struck by heavy objects and more. A fatal workplace injury at a metal manufacturer's plant recently claimed the life of an employee.

Manufacturing accidents: Welders face various safety hazards

While there is some level of danger to any occupation, welders in Illinois and elsewhere know that the odds of suffering work injuries are significant. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says a significant percentage of welders suffer fatal welding injuries. Manufacturing accidents caused by welding typically result in burn injuries but pose additional hazards that can include death.

Gang-saw operator suffers fatal workplace injury

Lumberyards and sawmills are dangerous workplace environments, and employers in Illinois and other states have the responsibility to address all potential safety hazards. They must protect workers from the dangers posed by the massive machines such as gang saws that are part of the operations at these industrial facilities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently completed an investigation into a fatal workplace injury that claimed the life of an employee in another state.

Fatal workplace accidents: 1 more life lost in Illinois factory

After an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a steel processing facility in Illinois faces proposed penalties of more than $53,000. Several citations for safety and health violations were also issued. As is common after fatal workplace accidents, the federal safety agency investigated the cause of the horrific June death of a 50-year-old worker at the facility.

Electrician suffers fatal workplace injury on his first day

Three months ago, an Illinois man left his home for his first day at a new job. Sadly, he never made it home that night. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has completed an investigation into the incident in which this man suffered a fatal workplace injury. Investigators identified several serious safety violations at this facility, where mobile medical tractors are manufactured, and also at another one of the company's plants

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