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February 2017 Archives

Asbestos exposure can cause high medical bills and lost wages

Asbestos consists of strong heat-resistant fibers, and it was widely used in the manufacture of building materials before the potential dangers were identified. Along with its use as fire retardant and insulation, asbestos was also present in roofing shingles, floor tiles, ceiling tiles and more. Illinois workers who are involved in renovation projects often face asbestos hazards that could lead to high medical bills and lost wages. Inhalation of asbestos fibers can lead to lung disease, asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer and other life-altering conditions.

Fatal work injury claims life of Illinois sign installer

An Illinois family has to cope without a beloved husband and father after a tragic accident on a recent Friday. The 47-year-old employee of a company that provides electrical and lighting solutions died when he suffered a fatal work injury. Reportedly, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the accident.

Medical expenses for occupational skin diseases can be high

Many workers in Illinois face workplace hazards that cause occupational diseases rather than physical injuries. The medical expenses that follow can be as high as those incurred when workplace accidents cause fractured bones and/or other serious injuries. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), skin diseases are second on the list of most common occupational diseases -- mostly caused by exposure to chemicals.

Workers' compensation: Cold stress injuries can be costly

Employers in Illinois must ensure that all workers in positions that expose them to the cold winter conditions are aware of the risks of cold stress. Recognizing the symptoms and knowing how to prevent cold stress can save lives, and working in pairs is important. When the internal temperature of a worker's body drops too low, his or her body will not be able to produce enough heat to warm the body. Workers' compensation claims for this condition is prevalent at this time of the year, and if not treated in a timely manner, permanent tissue damage and even death can follow.

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