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Workplace injuries lead to tragedy for demolition worker

Demolition work is inherently dangerous and most Illinois workers who earn their livings in the destruction industry understand the risks involved. However, their employers are obligated to provide proper training and safety equipment to lower their injury risks as much as possible. A project manager in another state suffered serious workplace injuries when a building blast went wrong and debris blew clear across the road.  

Vocational rehabilitation could help you get back to work

Sometimes, after a work-related injury, it is tough to resume job duties. Imagine that you suffered an injury while working in a machine shop. The injury did damage to your hand, limiting your ability to perform the same duties you had before the accident. To return to work, you will have to learn a new skill. This is where vocational rehabilitation comes into play.

Can I choose a doctor if I am injured at work in Illinois?

Getting injured on the job is something no one expects or feels fully prepared for. Not only are you dealing with your workers' compensation claim, but you want to focus on your health and recovering from your injuries. You want a doctor who you are sure will have your best interests in mind, and one who won't send you back to work before you are physically able and ready to return to work. Does Illinois workers' compensation law allow you to choose your own doctor if you are injured at work?

How loud noise greatly increases the risk of serious work injuries

Anyone whose job requires them to work in loud conditions knows from firsthand experience just how challenging it can sometimes be to get work done or even communicate with fellow workers. However, a recently released study shows that these loud conditions may actually be putting you at risk of a serious work injury.

Teen worker injured at Illinois snowboarding hill

Though the snow and cold this winter has brought has been difficult for many residents of the state of Illinois, for those who enjoy participating in winter sports the snow has been a great thing. To accommodate these people many facilities, such as snowboarding parks have hired workers. Unfortunately one teen who works at a Chicago area park was recently injured when his arm became caught in a conveyor lift. The worker is 17-years-old.

Employers urged to remember severe weather safety

Even though the temperature is still unseasonably cold and snow is still piled high throughout the streets of Chicago, it's important to remember that spring is right around the corner. While this may seem hard to believe given our bitterly cold winter, consider that we are actually in the midst of National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

When the cold hits, outdoor workers need to be ready

As strange as it might seem, many people here in the Chicagoland area were more than likely grateful to step out of their front doors this morning into temperatures in the 20s. That's because the horror of last week's polar vortex -- the mass of arctic air that plunged southward into the central and eastern U.S. -- is still fresh in their minds.

Workers no longer have to fear carpal tunnel diagnosis - II

In a previous post, our blog discussed how every year thousands of workers in all types of industries are diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition typically characterized by pain, weakness and/or general numbness in the hands that can seriously affect a person's ability to perform their job.

OSHA urges retailers to protect workers during Black Friday sales

It may seem hard to fathom, but Thanksgiving is now less than a week away. While this means time with family and friends, and, of course, a turkey dinner, it also means that the holiday shopping season will soon be in full swing. Accordingly, all of the major retailers are currently busy preparing various sales blitzes designed to capitalize upon the hard-earned dollars of shoppers over the coming weeks.

Workers no longer have to fear carpal tunnel diagnosis

Every year, thousands of workers in all types of industries -- from offices to factories -- experience a pain, weakness and/or general numbness in their hands that not only affects their ability to perform their job, but their overall quality of life as well. For many of these workers, a trip to the doctor's office may verify what they already suspected: they have developed carpal tunnel syndrome.

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