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Work-Related Deaths Archives

Construction negligence may stem from increase in building

Construction workers in Illinois and across the country might be grateful that the increase in building has given them a significant amount of work, but their chosen profession is also rife with dangers. When working high above ground, for example, there is the chance that someone will fall. Furthermore, exposed wires can make workers vulnerable to electrocution. Also, objects can fall from great heights and place workers in danger of being hit and killed.

Worker death can involve exposure to toxic substances

When people in Illinois and across the country head to work, they are not thinking that they are putting themselves in danger of not coming home. Although some jobs involve inherent risks, employers should take all reasonable steps to protect their workers from injury or death. The death of a worker in the course of employment does not necessarily have to occur as a result of an accident or incident in the line of duty. People can become ill because of exposure or a lack of awareness of what they are dealing with.

Wall collapse kills worker at Chicago Ford plant

Structural collapse is one of the most common hazards faced by construction workers in the Chicago area and elsewhere. Whether the work involves removal of a portion of an existing structure or new construction, the unexpected collapse of a wall or ceiling caused by construction negligence poses a serious hazard to all people working on the site. In a recent accident at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant, one worker was killed and another critically injured when a wall suddenly collapsed.

BLS releases Illinois fatal work-related accident statistics

On an annual basis, the Bureau of Labor Statistics accrues the statistics for those who have suffered a work-related accident for Illinois and states across the entire country. In 2014, there were 163 fatal injuries suffered at work. Across the nation, nearly 4,700 people died in fatal incidents at work in 2014. That is an increase from slightly fewer than 4,600 in 2014.

Pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit after a work-related fatality

Nothing can prepare a family in Illinois for the loss of a loved one in an accident at work. Although there are many jobs that are considered dangerous, some are more risky than others. An example of work that is known to frequently lead to the death of a worker in the course of employment is construction work. Regardless of the type of work a person does, accidents are often unavoidable. In the worst case scenario, it leads to death. Families left without a breadwinner might not realize what to do in the aftermath of a wrongful death.

Employer negligence leads to amputation for Cook County worker

All workers expect their workplaces to have a basic level of safety precautions in place to protect them from injury. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also known as OSHA, provides rules and guidelines that must be followed to ensure workers have a safe working environment. However, every year many workers are seriously injured while performing their jobs. Some employees even die due to injuries suffered while on the job.

Why reporting a work-related accident to OSHA is important

Many people in Illinois are injured every year in work-related accidents. Employers are required by Illinois law to have workers' compensation insurance, or be self-insured for workers compensation benefits. When a worker has an accident on the job, they are entitled to recover benefits for lost wages and medical expenses. In the event that the worker is killed, his or her family members also have the legal right to claim workers' compensation survivor benefits.

Legislature passes changes to the Worker's Compensation Act

Workers in Illinois may have to face some changes in their workers' compensation plan if they have been involved in an accident and have been injured at work. In a recent amendment move in the Illinois State House of Representatives, Democrats have made an attempt to pass amendments in the existing workers' compensation law for workers that requires employers to pay the medical expenses in the event that a worker has been injured in the workplace.

Steps to take if an employer refuses to pay death benefits

Families of Illinois workers who have died on a construction site due to employer negligence may be aware that they are entitled to benefits from the employer under the Workers' Compensation Act. If the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission awards benefits to the deceased's worker's family, but the employer refuses to pay these benefits, a lawsuit against the employer may be filed to try to receive those benefits.

Employers must report work-related deaths and injuries to OSHA

Work-related injuries and deaths are a common problem across the United States, including in Illinois. To understand the causes of such accidents and to see patterns that could reveal ways to prevent such mishaps, the federal government long ago began requiring employers to report all incidents to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an agency within the Department of Labor. Among its responsibilities, OSHA investigates to determine whether an accident occurred because of a violation of federal work rules or OSHA standards. If so, then OSHA can impose penalties for each violation.

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