A spokesperson for an area office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Illinois says the owner of a pallet manufacturing company disregarded safety standards, risking the health of employees. Work-related illnesses or injuries can burden workers with mountains of medical expenses and lost wages. This does not only create financial problems for the workers, but it could also lead to increased insurance premiums for the employer.
Illinois employees in all occupations that involve outdoor work or exposure to the UV radiation of the sun may not realize the risk of skin cancer. Such an occupational disease can lead to significant health problems, medical expenses and lost income. It is not only landscapers, postal workers, construction workers and other outdoor workers who are at risk but also drivers who spend many hours exposed to the sun through the side windows of their vehicles.
If artificial intelligence can prevent car accidents, then why can it not be used to avoid workplace accidents? An author who calls himself a futurist told audiences at the recent American Society of Safety Professionals' (ASSP) Safety 2018 Conference and Exposition that AI, machine learning and automation will revolutionize employee safety in the 21st century. Will this mean that a work injury becomes an anomaly? Will safety officials and employees in Illinois and other states embrace such safety protocols?
Every summer, workers nationwide, including some in Illinois, suffer heat-related illnesses. Heat stroke can be a life-threatening condition, and the resulting medical expenses and lost wages can adversely impact a victim's financial stability. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have developed a tool that might keep workers safe who are exposed to summer heat.
Being informed that a loved one will not be coming home from work is naturally a traumatizing experience. Such news was delivered to two Illinois families on a recent Friday. An accident reconstruction officer of the Illinois State Police is part of an investigation into a fatal crash that occurred in Wayne County. A 31-year-old Fairfield man lost his life in a work-related accident, and a passenger suffered major injuries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.