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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.

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.

Work injury: Take safety precautions while working in a mine

Illinois workers in the mining industry face multiple safety hazards. It will always be a risky business, and anyone who considers a career as a mine worker can limit the chances of suffering a work injury by learning about the potential hazards and taking preventative steps. The primary precaution is to remain alert and never ignore the danger. A moment of complacency can cause a fatal workplace accident.

Safety culture can prevent work-related accident

Illinois workers in all industries might be concerned about their safety when they learn about the recorded number of occupational injuries and deaths. According to the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, more than 6,000 on-the-job accidents occurred nationwide in 2017, and the annual death toll apparently exceeds one million. However, every single work-related accident can likely be avoided by taking only a few safety precautions.

Work-related back injury can have long-term health consequences

Illinois workers in various industries are exposed to occupational hazards that could cause life-changing injuries. Some of the most common occupational injuries are back injuries, the severity of which can vary considerably -- often causing long-term medical problems. A back injury can result from a sudden traumatic event, or it can develop over time due to micro-trauma caused by repetitive activity.

Don't let insurance companies lowball your workers' compensation

Injuries from a work\-related accident can cause far more than just physical pain. Many Illinois victims lose out on necessary wages, suffer ongoing mental anguish or are forced to switch careers after a severe injury. Workers' compensation benefits are intended to support injured workers, but that does not stop employers and insurance companies from trying to pay as little as possible.

Suffering shoulder pain from a work injury? We can help

Physical labor can take a serious toll on the body. Whether an Illinois worker is employed on a construction site or in an office, virtually any level of physical activity can lead to a work injury. Shoulder injuries in particular are exceedingly common and, for many, can cause severe and ongoing pain that requires them to take time away from work. If you are suffering from an on-the-job shoulder injury, workers' compensation benefits are likely essential to your recovery.

Explosion from work-related accident kills 2, injures 2 others

Tragedy recently struck Illinois when a natural gas pipeline exploded at a farm. Two workers were tragically killed in the work\-related accident, and two others suffered serious injuries. The explosion also caused a serious fire that took several hours to get under control.

Driver hit construction worker on purpose, causing serious injury

Roadwork can be frustrating for drivers, and understandably so, as traffic is often reduced to fewer lanes and speed limits are lowered. However, these measures are put in place to protect not only drivers and their passengers, but the men and women tasked with carrying out the construction work. An Illinois construction worker recently suffered a serious injury when he was hit by an SUV while on the job.

Work-related accident sends 2 to hospital

Many people envision the workplace as a building filled with desks and computers, but this is only one, narrow view of what some places of employment look like. Some are large factories while others might be the dining room of a restaurant. Some are at the bottom of a trench, like the site of a recent work\-related accident in Illinois.

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