On the Job Injury
Construction sites are among the most dangerous places to work in America, accounting for more workplace injuries than any other type of business. Chicago construction sites are no exception and proper procedures must be taken by employers to ensure their employees are able to work safely without fear of personal injury or fatality while trying to do their jobs. Failure to follow guidelines issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, can not only result in fines for an employer, but can also create an unsafe workplace where injuries are more likely to occur.
Dozens of workers across the country have filed federal complaints against McDonalds. The complaints detail employees getting injured on the job and not being provided with adequate first aid and attention. In one specific local example, a Chicago worker claimed that after burning her arm, her manager told her to put mustard on it. The worker ended up at the hospital because the burn required medical attention. In another example, an employee burned himself above his eye when he pulled something from the oven, but found no first aid supplies at all. He was simply told to put butter on it and return to work. As you might imagine, this type of condiment-based treatment is not widely accepted in the medical community.
Organizers with the group “Fight for 15” claim the work environment is dangerous because of greasy and slippery floors, in addition to the constant pressure to work fast. They also allege that a lack of any protective gear makes conditions unsafe as well. Read the rest »
A construction site is an incredibly dangerous place to work. Heavy objects and heavy equipment are everywhere. Multiple tasks are being performed at the same time in close proximity with other related tasks. Teams of electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and building workers are all occupying the same space and are expected to perform what amounts to a carefully orchestrated ballet. Of course, the potential for dangerous situations exists as a result. Almost anything can happen at any time.
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), there a four leading causes of death in the construction industry (known as the “Fatal Four”) which accounted for over 500 deaths last year. The Fatal Four injuries are: Read the rest »
Construction workers face danger on a daily basis. They work with heavy and dangerous building materials and with large construction vehicles. Although it doesn’t often make the news, such workers are killed or injured on a daily basis not only in Illinois and the neighboring states of Indiana, Wisconsin, and Ohio, but across the entire country. General contractors usually do their best to avoid injury, but the potential for disaster is always present.
So it was recently when an entire concrete wall section collapsed at a Ford plant under construction on Torrence Avenue in Chicago. A 45 year old Carol Stream man was declared dead as a result. Another worker, a 48 year old man, was rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center of Oak Lawn in critical condition. Read the rest »