Because of the high cost of living (comfortably) through retirement, a greater number of older workers are still on the job. As these baby boomers continue to age, more and more of them are rejecting the traditional retirement age of 65; and it’s projected that by the year 2024, the labor market will be comprised of 25% older workers.
But it’s no fun getting old. People are just not as limber and bones tend to become more brittle over time. With age come vision and hearing changes which gradually worsen; reduced balance and response time; and chronic bone, muscle, and general medical problems. As such, the workplace is slowly becoming a more dangerous place, where serious injuries or fatal accidents are more likely and more prevalent. Some of the types of workplace accidents that have increased in recent years include transportation accidents, deaths related to falls, and impacts from equipment or objects, as well as fires and explosions. In one recent fatal accident, a 56-year-old Chicago man fell to his death while retrieving an item from a high location. Read the rest »
If you have been injured on the job or are ill because of something at your workplace, then you should absolutely file for Illinois Workers’ Compensation. It is illegal for your employer to harass, discharge, refuse to rehire, or discriminate in any way against you simply because you exercise your right to Workers’ Compensation. In fact, you only have a limited amount of time to notify your employer about an injury or illness and to file for compensation, so you should file your claim immediately.
In Illinois, Workers’ Compensation is a form of insurance that is required of just about every business in the state. If you have been injured at work in or around Chicago and you file for compensation, you are not attempting to take money away from your employer. Your employer does not generally pay anything to you – instead your claim is filed with the insurance company that provides coverage for your employer, and they pay your claim. For this reason, employers have no reason to harass you or threaten to fire you for filing for Workers’ Compensation.
Construction sites are among the most dangerous work environments throughout the US, and Illinois and Chicago are no exception. Other than transportation and warehouse industries, construction accidents account for the highest number of fatal injuries in Illinois. 17% of fatal accidents occurred at construction sites in Illinois in 2014, up from 16% the previous year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even non-fatal accidents are all-too frequent on construction sites, and result in a number of fairly common injuries. Read the rest »
While working construction on a bridge along the I-90 highway in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, a worker was recently killed and three others were injured. The worker killed was a forty-eight year old man from Berwyn, who had a wife and four children.
Federal investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have investigated. They say that crews were working on steel bracing during the early morning hours, removing some beams and cutting bracing between them when a load of beams fell off a support and onto the group. The load weighed forty-five tons. Read the rest »
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (known as OSHA) is a federal governmental agency tasked with safeguarding the health and safety of over 100 million workers across the nation. This includes office workers as well as those in the construction industry. OSHA covers not only injuries and deaths, but illnesses that can be tied to employment as well.
Among the many duties of OSHA are regulating and supervising compliance with federal workplace standards that are intended to maintain safety. Last year, they came out with a list of the ten standards most frequently violated by employers and workplaces. These include regulations about fall protection, hazardous chemicals, scaffolding, respiratory protection, ladders, electrical wiring, and machinery guards. Read the rest »
Just last month, another tragic workers compensation accident occurred in the Chicago area. This time, a 50 year old factory worker was killed when he became trapped in a power lathe machine at the Elk Grove Village plant where he worked. According to a spokesman for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the machine was used to cut and shape products.
If you or a loved one has been injured at work, it may be difficult to figure out the right steps to take to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled. Filing a workers’ compensation claim can be a complex and difficult process, especially for those who have never filed one before. Understandably, filing a workers’ comp claim can be an added burden at an already stressful time for both the injured person and his or her family.