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Injured worker entitled to wage-differential award in spite of income

An Illinois Appellate court ruled that an injured stationary engineer can receive a wage differential award as compensation for her diminished earning capacity in spite of the fact that she did not suffer a decline in income. Kathy Jenkins was employed as a stationary engineer who dealt with maintenance problems for Jackson Park Hospital and …

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New silica dust rules aim to save lungs of construction workers

The Department of Labor issued controversial new rules on March 24 to protect workers from silica dust exposure, one of the oldest known workplace hazards. Silica dust is a common mineral found in construction materials such as stone, brick and concrete. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the fine grains can cause …

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Construction worker’s widow files wrongful death lawsuit

A man from Riverton, Illinois, was working to help construct a $55 million treatment facility for the sanitary district located at 3300 Mechanicsburg Road when there was an explosion that caused him to be injured on October 20. Six days later, on October 26, he succumbed to his injuries at HSHS St. John’s Hospital. Roger …

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Illinois Department of Labor promotes grain bin safety

The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) observed Grain Bin Safety Week from February 21 to 27 as part of a national effort to address the growing number of grain bin accidents and deaths. With more than 9 percent of its total economic output arising from agriculture, Illinois ranks second for such incidents nationwide. Seven out …

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Workers’ compensation benefits denied to injured flight attendant

A panel of five justices ruled that a flight attendant is not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits merely because she suffered an injury on an airplane while she was commuting to work. The appeals panel found that Kristine Isern, who was employed by United Airlines, did not meet the qualifications of a “traveling employee,” and …

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Employee’s icy fall leads to 3.5 million dollar settlement

A man settled for $3.5 million and a more than $1 million workers’ compensation lien waiver in a lawsuit against his employer after suffering a serious back injury due to a workplace construction accident. The agreement in the premises liability and negligence case was reached on December 10, 2015, one day ahead of a scheduled …

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Illinois families sue feed company for wrongful deaths of workers

The families of two employees who died from gas exposure while working at an animal feed plant in Illinois have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against their employer. According to the lawsuit, liquid feed manufacturer Agridyne LLC failed to provide the workers with safety equipment that could have prevented their deaths. The families filed the …

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Injured workers claim retaliatory discharge

Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, Illinois workers have a right to compensation, and employers are advised to be mindful of the potential liability they may confront in state court. There may be cases in which an employer would like to discharge an employee who has suffered an injury, or alleges to have suffered an …

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HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE BASE, Fla. (AFPN) -- Trucks began arriving here to pre-position water, military rations, ice and tarps for the post-hurricane relief effort. The trucks, which began arriving Oct. 20, have delivered supplies from Key West to northern Miami-Dade County since the storm passed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lisa M. Macias).

Victim’s brother files wrongful death suit against truck driver and employer

In Cook County, Chicago, a man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a truck driver and his employer, claiming that the driver was operating his vehicle at an excessive speed when he hit and killed the man’s brother. The victim’s brother, Don Sharpe, filed a wrongful death lawsuit individually and as special administrator of …

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Illinois construction companies face heavy fines for exposing workers to asbestos

Two Illinois companies face heavy fines for exposing workers to deadly asbestos fibers. Joseph Kehrer and two companies affiliated with him, D7 Roofing and Kehrer Brothers, violated numerous health and safety standards, according to an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), part of the U.S. Department of Labor. Joseph Kehrer and Kehrer …

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