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December 2016 Archives

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.

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.

Slip-and-fall in workplace can cause serious injury in winter

Although workers in Illinois and other states may typically not file legal claims against their employers if they are involved in work\-related accidents, exceptions exist. They can file claims with the workers' compensation insurance system. Only in the event of a serious injury that resulted from an employer's extreme negligence may the worker have a viable legal claim against the business owner.

More than physical work injury may result from trench collapse

Those in Illinois and other states who have to spend time working in trenches put their lives on the line every time they enter such excavations. There are strict regulations for trench safety, and clear guidelines for precautions to prevent collapses. However, some business owners disregard these rules because of the costs and extra time required to safeguard trenches. A worker in a neighboring state recently suffered a work injury when he was trapped in a trench on a recent Wednesday.

What if an Illinois workers' compensation claim is disputed?

Obtaining workers' compensation benefits after suffering an illness or injury on the job can be a very long and often frustrating process. One the ways to protect yourself and have the claim resolved is to seek legal counsel from an attorney experienced with handling workers' compensation claims.

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