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Many construction accidents involve cellphones and earbuds

Employers in the construction industry nationwide, including Illinois, have concerns about the prevalence of workers who seem to be inseparable from their cellphones and headphones or earbuds. They notice workers arriving at work wearing headphones, listening to music or other forms of entertainment, changing into their work gear, and starting their tasks as if their cellphones and listening devices were part of them. However, safety authorities have so far failed to establish related safety standards despite the risks of severe injuries in construction accidents.

Complacency about roof safety can lead to workplace accidents

Keeping roof workers safe should be the priority of building owners and construction companies Nationwide, including Illinois. Too many roof workers suffer severe injuries or even lose their lives when they and/or their employers become complacent. Even companies that have never had to deal with a fall or other roof-related injury must avoid complacency because workplace accidents can happen in the blink of an eye.

Wall collapse causes serious head injury to construction worker

Construction workers in Illinois and across the country risk their lives on construction sites each day. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation into a construction site accident in a neighboring state. The incident left a construction worker with a serious head injury. If OSHA investigators find that noncompliance with safety standards led to the event, the employer will likely be cited and a fine proposed.

Penalties for third-party negligence in construction zones raised

The Illinois State Senate District 23 recently announced a measure that might prevent many occupational fatalities in construction zones across the state. Under the new law, the current maximum fine of $10,000 for third-party negligence that injures or kills workers in construction zones will increase to $25,000 when it becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2020. State Senator Tom Cullerton says the higher penalty might put an end to the epidemic and discourage distracted driving in construction zones.

Workplace accidents involving electricity affect most industries

Illinois workers in all industries -- from general to farming, construction and others -- face electrical hazards every day. Safety authorities say the highest number of electricity-related workplace accidents occur in the construction industry each year. Thousands of such incidents are reported annually, and although data is available to substantiate the numbers, secondary injuries, which would increase those numbers, are excluded. An example is when an electrical shock causes a worker to get hurt by falling off a ladder.

Construction accidents involving trench collapses raise concern

Safety authorities report that the number of trench-related fatalities nationwide, including in Illinois, increased at an alarming rate over the past two years. They say that most of these lives were lost in construction accidents on residential properties rather than in road construction zones and pipeline dig sites. Residential projects that involve repairs or laying new sewer lines or water pipes proved to be most hazardous.

Trench collapse victim suffers workplace injury

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently launched another campaign to address trench safety because of the high numbers of cave-ins. Trench collapses have claimed so many lives of workers in Illinois and elsewhere that it is almost unheard of for anyone to escape with a nonfatal workplace injury. However, miracles happen, and a construction worker was recently saved after a trench wall collapsed on him in Morris.

Construction accidents: Crane drops load that kills 1, injures 1

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it has launched an investigation into an incident in Illinois that claimed the life of one worker and caused serious injuries to a co-worker. This appears to be one of the many preventable construction accidents that claim workers' lives each year. According to a police report, emergency services were called to a construction site in Evanston on a Tuesday morning earlier this month.

Construction zone fatality follows third-party negligence

Workers in construction zones in Illinois and other states will always be vulnerable. Too many lives are lost due to third-party negligence when motorists fail to take due care as they travel through work zones. The accidents continue to happen despite calls by authorities for drivers to slow down when they encounter road construction zones.

Construction workers can prevent workplace accidents

Workers in the construction industry in Illinois may be smart not to put their safety entirely in the hands of their employers. Even though the Occupational Safety and Health Administration put the responsibility of workplace safety squarely on the shoulders of employers, profits are often prioritized instead. There are precautions to take  for employees who are alert and aware to prevent workplace accidents.

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