Illinois excavation company cited for endangering trench workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited an Elgin, Illinois, excavation company for allegedly failing to implement safety measures while employees were working in an underground trench. Kellenberger Plumbing & Underground was issued one willful and one serious citation for two safety violations on May 2. OSHA initiated an investigation into the company under …

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How a worker lost six fingers due to his employer’s safety violations

A 21-year-old temporary employee’s six fingers were amputated during a workplace accident on November 4, 2015. He had been working for four weeks at Custom Aluminum Products, a metal manufacturer based in South Elgin, Illinois. The company faces penalties of $70,000 for safety violations that led to the injury. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational …

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OSHA fines four Illinois companies after construction worker’s death

An employee sustained fatal blunt force injuries while working at a wastewater treatment plant in Springfield, Illinois, in October 2015. The 42-year-old man was testing joints for leaks inside a 54-inch pipe when an inflatable bladder burst. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Henderson Construction of Central Illinois …

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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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How labor induction can help reduce risk of shoulder dystocia

Research suggests inducing labor for expectant mothers giving birth to large babies may help prevent shoulder dystocia and other injuries during birth. A European study last year examined whether labor induction at 37 to 38 weeks of pregnancy could help prevent infants from growing larger, resulting in a safer delivery with reduced chances of shoulder …

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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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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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Illinois Supreme Court Rules in Personal Injury Lawsuit

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled in a personal injury case that Brookfield Zoo should not have the same protections as governmental organizations in Illinois, despite it being situated on public land. On Sept. 24, the state high court ruled that the zoo fails important parts of the test used to decide whether it is a …

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