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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.

IDOT worker injured by alleged drunk driver

Certain jobs are inherently more dangerous than others. Construction workers, for example, are required to work with heavy materials and large machinery, which puts them at a greater risk of being injured than someone who has a desk job in an office building in Chicago. It is for this reason, however, that workers' compensation laws are so important to employees in Chicago. Those who work dangerous jobs should know that they will be protected if something happens to them.

Tortilla maker hit with over $150,000 in proposed OSHA fines

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration handed down a eye-opening number of citations and a rather substantial proposed fine to a food manufacturing company with corporate offices located right here in the Chicagoland area.

The workplace dangers facing cleaning and janitorial workers

On almost any given day, hundreds of cleaning crews are hard at work in office buildings, medical facilities, restaurants and other establishments across the Chicago metropolitan area. While we tend to think of this type of work as being difficult yet relatively safe from work injuries, this is actually far from the case.

OSHA investigating fatal work accident in Chicago sewer

Believe it or not, some of the most dangerous working conditions in the entire city of Chicago can actually be found under the streets that we drive and walk upon each day. Specifically, those workers who brave the city's vast sewer system are always at an elevated risk of suffering serious and even fatal work injuries due to slippery walking surfaces, noxious gases and even high water levels.

Promoting safety for agricultural workers

While agriculture undoubtedly plays a huge role in the Illinois economic sector, there is still great concern regarding the safety of agricultural workers.  There were more than 48,000 injuries to farm workers across the nation in 2011 and in 2012 there were 475 fatalities.

Illinois State University sees major drop in workplace injuries

Right now, college students throughout Illinois are busy preparing for the start of the fall semester. However, these college students aren't the only busy ones, as staff at these colleges and universities are busy preparing their campuses for the sudden influx of students and taking steps to ensure that the academic year proceeds as smoothly -- and injury free -- as possible.

The toll of slips, trips and falls on the U.S. workforce

The unfortunate reality is that most people think that work injuries simply couldn't happen to them. They think that they are reserved solely for those men and women who make their living in inherently dangerous occupations, perhaps using heavy machinery or being exposed to hazardous materials.

Work safety an issue at many U.S. craft breweries

There is no debate that Chicago is home to a thriving craft brewery scene that has experienced rapid growth over the last several years. In fact, beer aficionados from across the nation routinely flock to the Windy City to taste the ales, lagers and stouts offered by both the new and well-established craft breweries.

Fatal Southern Illinois mining accident reminder of safety need

Mining would fall into the category of a job that comes with a more hazardous workplace than an office job might. The fact that miners go to a workplace every day that is in itself atypical is only the start of what classifies this as a more risky job, let alone the fact that hazardous materials and heavy equipment are used.

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