Illinois contractor banned from excavation work

An Illinois sewer and water contractor was banned from excavation work by a federal court order, after employees were repeatedly exposed to hazards that could cause serious work injuries. The order was issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued penalties in 2013 …

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The attack on workers’ compensation

Over the past decade, workers’ compensation benefits have deteriorated across the country as states initiate cost-cutting measures. A comprehensive new investigation by ProPublica and NPR reveals that these workers’ comp “reforms” have had a brutal effect: injured workers denied the help they need and taxpayers forced to bear the cost of workplace accidents. The ProPublica …

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Workers’ comp reform only helps insurance companies

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has said that he wants further “reform” of the state’s workers’ compensation system, with the stated goal of reducing the cost of doing business in the state. This argument — that restricting the rights of workers will help businesses by reducing the premiums they pay for workers’ compensation insurance — has …

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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).

Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Chicago-area trucking company

A surviving relative of a woman and two children who died in a truck crash has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Marciela Ruiz has filed the suit on behalf of her three late family members, Elizabeth Peralta-Luna and her children (a girl, age 9, and a boy, 4). Ruiz is accusing Monson and Sons Inc., …

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Worker killed in Illinois crane accident

On January 12, a worker was killed in a crane accident at an Illinois Taylor Crane construction site. Justin Jokerst, 31, was working at a construction site in Edwardsville, Illinois on a Grove HL150T crane when he was crushed by the crane’s boom, according to authorities. The accident took place on Lakeview Corporate Drive at …

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Illinois woman claims she was fired after filing workers’ compensation claim

A former employee of an Illinois rehabilitation center has filed a lawsuit, claiming that she was fired after filing for workers’ compensation benefits. Penny Lucas claims that she suffered an injury when she fell at work on December 27, 2012. She went to the hospital and was given a post-accident drug test, which came back …

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Illinois construction engineer, pinned under crane, suffers severe injuries

A construction engineer was severely injured working in Elgin, Illinois on a bridge over the Fox River. A component fell from a crane and injured Rudolf Das on Monday, December 1, 2014 underneath the Interstate 90 bridge at Duncan Avenue. Das is a 51-year-old employee of K&S Engineers from Naperville, Illinois. According to his wife, …

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Appellate court rules injured worker entitled to temporary total disability benefits

An Illinois appeals court ruled that an injured Wal-Mart worker was entitled to temporary total disability benefits, despite being terminated for cause. The Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, Workers’ Compensation Commission Division, issued the opinion on September 30, 2014. Walter Matuszczak, a Wal-Mart employee, originally filed an application for adjustment of claim on March …

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Scrap metal recycling facility fined $497,000 after worker’s death

After a worker was killed when his arm became trapped by a conveyor belt, the owner of the Illinois scrap metal recycling facility where he worked has received a fine of nearly half a million dollars for numerous safety violations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that the conveyor belt should not have …

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