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Warehouse accidents can cause serious workplace injuries

Even though employers in Illinois are expected to protect the health and safety of their employees, many workers realize that they are the best protectors of their own safety. Workers in depots or distribution centers can avoid warehouse accidents by becoming familiar with the typical hazards in such facilities. Warehouses are potentially dangerous environments that pose numerous risks.

Construction company employee dies in work-related accident

Being informed that a loved one will not be coming home from work is naturally a traumatizing experience. Such news was delivered to two Illinois families on a recent Friday. An accident reconstruction officer of the Illinois State Police is part of an investigation into a fatal crash that occurred in Wayne County. A 31-year-old Fairfield man lost his life in a work-related accident, and a passenger suffered major injuries.

Fatal workplace accidents: Laundry worker crushed to death

For any Illinois family, the unanticipated loss of a loved one is a shock. Learning that a spouse and parent will not return home as usual after work is understandably devastating. Fatal workplace accidents occur in all industries, often as the result of unsafe work environments.

Will the national stand-down limit construction accidents?

The Construction Safety Week 2018 that runs between May 7 and May 11 nationally will aim to elevate awareness of the importance of creating safe work environments in Illinois and elsewhere. Workers must receive adequate training and personal protective equipment to keep them safe and healthy. An insurance company that is one of the sponsors of the stand-down urges companies to pay particular attention to training and onboarding. The insurer says claim data indicates that more than half of the injuries are suffered in construction accidents within worker's first year on the job.

Employer-employee collaboration can avoid manufacturing accidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes rules that intend to keep employees in factories and manufacturing plants safe and healthy. The agency also provides guidelines for Illinois business owners to establish cultures in which employers and workers collaborate to avoid manufacturing accidents. Some employers offer incentives to encourage employees to be involved in reporting potential risks and near misses.

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