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Was building collapse a work-related injury waiting to happen?

Illinois readers may have heard about a collapse at an out-of-state industrial building has left investigators for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration with conflicting witness reports. At present, no one is sure whether the collapse sounded like an explosion, or there was an explosion before the building came down. It appears that, either way, it was a work-related injury waiting to happen.

How Supreme Court case could affect industrial workers

Safety gear is a necessity, not a luxury for many industrial workers. When individuals are tasked with working in dangerous areas, amongst toxic chemicals, near fire, while carrying heavy objects and under other hazardous circumstances, being outfitted with the right protective equipment can mean the difference between life and death.

Robotic prosthetics give injured worker new hope

It is important to understand that those workers who are unfortunate enough to be involved in industrial accidents often suffer more than just back sprains, muscle pulls or neck strains. This is not to say that these types of work injuries aren't incredibly debilitating or capable of causing an injured worker considerable problems, rather it's simply a recognition of just how truly horrific and life-altering industrial accidents can be.

OSHA issues 26 violations for Chicagoland paint factory explosion

Last spring, our blog discussed how a terrifying industrial accident at a paint factory in the northwest suburbs of Chicago left both state and federal investigators with a multitude of unanswered questions.

Study highlights how fatigue can jeopardize worker safety

Even though we tend to think of most jobs as being largely stationary, meaning workers essentially stay in the same place, this is far from the case. Every day, thousands of people across Illinois operate trucks and other heavy machinery that takes them from point A to point B.

CDC, OSHA urging workers to remember dangers of heat stroke

With warmer temperatures finally returning to the long range forecast here in Chicago and summer right around the corner, workers can once again look forward to eating their lunches outside and talking walks over their breaks. However, federal officials and work safety advocacy groups are advising both employees and employers to be on the lookout for an especially dangerous form of work injury.

Chicago Heights family mourns loss of father in industrial accident

Investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are currently searching for clues following a fatal accident at a metals plant in a southern suburb earlier this month, the second fatality at that particular location in just 25 months.

Explosion at Chicagoland paint factory injures three workers

A paint factory located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago was the scene of a terrifying industrial accident last week that sent several workers to the hospital and left investigators with a multitude of unanswered questions.

OSHA reminds employers of the risks associated with snow removal operations

While it may seem hard to believe, we will finally start seeing the snow melt here in the Chicago metropolitan area in just a few months. In the meantime, however, we will still have to endure cold winds, frigid temperatures and, of course, the chance of significant snowfall.

Plant Accident Reveals Dangers of Confined Work Spaces

Be thankful the holidays featuring turkey are nearly a year away, otherwise a recent accident at the Jennie-O turkey plant might inspire you to make it a tofurkey Thanksgiving. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited the Jennie-O Turkey Store with eleven safety violations. The citations came after an inspection of the plant which was triggered by a gruesome accident in July 2011. In the incident, an employee’s arm was severed below the shoulder after becoming entangled in an energized turkey shackle. The worker was working alone in a confined space, and after the accidental amputation, had to travel down a flight of stairs and across a production floor by himself to obtain help from a co-worker. Predominant among the citations were violations of safety standards for working in confined spaces. Such working conditions are present across a variety of industries and professions, and carry with it a number of safety concerns.

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