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Suffered a neck injury at work? You're not alone

Though necessary, manufacturing facilities in Illinois are notoriously dangerous. Workers must handle lots of physical labor in a variety of dangerous environments, each of which pose serious threats to their safety. Whether an employer dropped the ball on safety standards or an accident led to injury, suffering a back or neck injury might not be that uncommon.

OSHA is valuable partner after workplace accidents

Illinois workers have the right to reasonably safe working conditions. Even seemingly dangerous occupations can be made safer through the proper administration and maintenance of safety equipment and policies. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration -- OSHA -- plays an important role in preventing workplace accidents, and can be an invaluable resource when they occur.

Safety preparedness prevented workplace injury in chemical fire

Now and then a story is published that shows that not all employers disregard the safety and health of their employees. So many workers in Illinois and elsewhere are victims of on-the-job injuries because they work in unsafe environments where safety regulations are disregarded. When a fire broke out at a chemical factory in Illinois recently, the company was prepared, and all the workers were evacuated. As a result, not even one workplace injury was reported.

Manufacturing accidents can be prevented

Safety in industrial facilities in Illinois and other states continues to be a concern among authorities. Although more automation involves fewer human workers, some of those who remain in manufacturing plants work with sophisticated but complex machinery that could cause severe injuries. Unfortunately, many business owners encourage cultures that prioritize profits over safety without realizing that manufacturing accidents can jeopardize productivity -- and ultimately profits.

Workplace accidents: Dust explosion at corn mill kills 4

Residents of a small community in a state neighboring Illinois are struggling to get over the deaths caused by an explosion at a corn mill that is the cornerstone of the town. Corn mills nationwide, including in Illinois, will always pose dust explosion hazards, and only compliance with safety regulations can prevent such tragic workplace accidents. While smoke was still drifting from the site, the death of a fourth worker was announced.

Manufacturing accidents can cause catastrophic injuries

Owners of industrial facilities in Illinois and other states must comply with numerous safety regulations that are specifically aimed at protecting factory workers. Industrial employees are often exposed to the dangers of moving machine parts that lack prescribed safeguards. Another typical hazard that could lead to manufacturing accidents is the absence of devices to prevent unintentional startups during maintenance or cleaning of equipment.

Can drones lower the number of fatal workplace accidents?

Workers in all industries in Illinois and elsewhere face serious injury hazards and even death on a daily basis. Figures released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration revealed that the number of fatal workplace accidents in 2015 equaled approximately 13 deaths per day -- the total was 4,836. Reportedly, one of the most common causes of occupational fatalities is fall accidents -- either falls from higher levels or falls from trip or slip hazards.

Fatal workplace injury kills employee of metal manufacturer

Employees in manufacturing facilities in Illinois are typically exposed to many life-threatening hazards whenever they are on duty. Industrial facilities have scores of dangerous machinery and equipment, each posing unique dangers. Furthermore, in factories, there are always risks of workers falling from platforms, being struck by heavy objects and more. A fatal workplace injury at a metal manufacturer's plant recently claimed the life of an employee.

Manufacturing accidents: Welders face various safety hazards

While there is some level of danger to any occupation, welders in Illinois and elsewhere know that the odds of suffering work injuries are significant. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says a significant percentage of welders suffer fatal welding injuries. Manufacturing accidents caused by welding typically result in burn injuries but pose additional hazards that can include death.

Gang-saw operator suffers fatal workplace injury

Lumberyards and sawmills are dangerous workplace environments, and employers in Illinois and other states have the responsibility to address all potential safety hazards. They must protect workers from the dangers posed by the massive machines such as gang saws that are part of the operations at these industrial facilities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently completed an investigation into a fatal workplace injury that claimed the life of an employee in another state.

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