Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration handed down a eye-opening number of citations and a rather substantial proposed fine to a food manufacturing company with corporate offices located right here in the Chicagoland area.
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.
The unfortunate reality is that the number of fatal workplace injuries here in the U.S. remains unacceptably high despite advancements in work safety technology, greater enforcement efforts by state and federal agencies, and a greater awareness on the part of employers and employees.
It happens at factories, offices, warehouses, construction sites, retail operations and other job sites everyday: A worker suffers a serious back injury while performing an otherwise routine task.
When a workplace here in Illinois is rocked by a fatal accident, investigators with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration are dispatched to the scene to figure out what exactly happened and whether an employer's conduct played any role. In the event any employer misconduct is indeed uncovered, the agency is authorized to hand down both citations and large fines.
From dairy to corn production, farming is an incredibly vital component of our economy here in the state of Illinois. What most of us might not realize, however, is that farming can actually prove to be a somewhat dangerous profession, with farmers routinely at risk of suffering serious or even fatal work injuries.
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.
Prevent Blindness America -- an organization "dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight" -- has officially designated March "Workplace Eye Wellness Month." This makes sound sense when you consider all the vision hazards that those men and women who earn their living in industrial settings face on a daily basis (sparks, shards, hazardous chemicals, dust, flying debris, etc.) and their real need for protective eyewear.
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.
The vast majority of us automatically envision construction sites, warehouses, retail stores or even offices when we hear the term workplace accident. However, it's important to remember that people can suffer serious and debilitating work injuries in even the most unconventional professions.