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Maintenance worker suffers fatal work injury in TV tower collapse

Employees who work on TV towers in Illinois and elsewhere frequently risk their lives while working at dangerous heights. The inexplicable collapse of such a tower in a neighboring state on a recent Thursday underscores the risks these workers take to earn an income. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident in which one worker suffered a fatal work injury.

IDOT aims to lessen workplace accidents in construction zones

During the recent National Work Zone Awareness Week, the Illinois Department of Transportation worked hard to create awareness of the hazards faced by those who risk their lives to make the roads safer for motorists throughout the state. A spokesperson said many drivers do not realize how exposed these workers are to the dangers of traffic. They can often feel the wind from the big rigs and cars that speed through construction zones with the drivers having little or no regard for the safety of construction workers. It is no wonder that so many workplace accidents occur in construction zones.

Work injury: Better ergonomics might improve productivity

Workers in some industries in Illinois are at risk of suffering musculoskeletal disorders. This type of work injury typically develops over time, and it may cause chronic pain before the victim realizes the severity of the condition. Employers are encouraged by safety authorities to assess the functional design of their facilities and the different workstations. An area that is ergonomically enhanced can increase productivity and lower the risk of developing musculoskeletal injuries or disorders.

Industrial accidents: What causes combustible dust explosions?

Allowing the accumulation of combustible dust in manufacturing facilities can lead to deadly explosions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed over $90,000 in penalties for an Illinois pallet maker some months ago for exposing employees to the dangers of potential industrial accidents. Advisers at the safety agency say there are five elements required for the dust to become combustible.

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