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.
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.
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.
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.
On almost any given day, hundreds of cleaning crews are hard at work in office buildings, medical facilities, restaurants and other establishments across the Chicago metropolitan area. While we tend to think of this type of work as being difficult yet relatively safe from work injuries, this is actually far from the case.
When you sit down to watch your favorite sports team here in Chicago, there is a very good chance that the last thing you are thinking about is the ability of the players to file a workers' compensation claim in the event they are injured on the field, diamond, rink or court.
Believe it or not, some of the most dangerous working conditions in the entire city of Chicago can actually be found under the streets that we drive and walk upon each day. Specifically, those workers who brave the city's vast sewer system are always at an elevated risk of suffering serious and even fatal work injuries due to slippery walking surfaces, noxious gases and even high water levels.
Last spring, our blog discussed how a terrifying industrial accident at a paint factory in the northwest suburbs of Chicago left both state and federal investigators with a multitude of unanswered questions.
Whether it's helping stock a local food shelf or running a marathon to raise cancer awareness, there is perhaps no better way to boost morale and encourage bonding among employees than through charitable events. Interestingly enough, however, the mayor of one Chicago suburb is actively moving toward preventing a certain class of employees from participating in just such an event.
There is no debate that Chicago is home to a thriving craft brewery scene that has experienced rapid growth over the last several years. In fact, beer aficionados from across the nation routinely flock to the Windy City to taste the ales, lagers and stouts offered by both the new and well-established craft breweries.