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OSHA investigates worker death in concrete plant accident

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating an employee’s death in an industrial accident at a concrete plant in Lemont, Illinois. The workplace accident occurred at a facility owned by Ozinga, a concrete, building materials and logistics company. OSHA said that Michael James McClaren, 30, was fatally injured when …

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Investigators conclude human error caused deadly pipeline explosion

Human error was responsible for a natural gas pipeline explosion in northern Illinois last year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The explosion killed two farmers and left two other workers injured. Department officials said Ryan Miller, 30, and his father Rory, 59, were installing drainage tile …

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OSHA Data Warns of Fall Hazards at Construction Sites

Falls have long been the leading type of workplace accident at construction sites across the United States. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced that there were 7,270 fall protection violations in fiscal year 2018. Four out of the top 10 hazards cited by federal inspectors involved potential falls at construction sites. Some …

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Workers sue Chicago water district over plant explosion

Two workers sued the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District in Chicago, alleging that its negligence caused an explosion at an almost hundred-year-old water treatment plant. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court. The blast caused the roof of the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant to cave in, sending concrete slabs falling onto 10 men working …

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OSHA investigates construction worker’s death in steel beam accident

Federal officials are investigating a construction accident in Evanston, Illinois, that killed one worker and seriously injured another when a steel beam fell on them. The accident occurred at the worksite of a nine-story apartment building. Workers were using a crane to lift steel beams from a truck. According to the Evanston Fire Department, the …

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Four key steps injured workers should take after a workplace accident

In a recently reported workplace accident, one construction worker died and another was seriously injured when a steel beam fell on them at an apartment building worksite in Evanston, Illinois. Such cases highlight the fact that workplace accidents can and do occur. Knowing what to do immediately after getting injured at work can have a …

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Caught-between construction accidents on the rise, warns report

Caught-between construction accidents on the rise, warns report

Many types of accidents that can occur at construction sites, such as falls from scaffolding or injuries due to malfunctioning equipment. However, a recent report noted that caught-between or caught-in incidents were on the rise in the construction industry. According to the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), 275 construction workers died due to …

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OSHA cites pallet maker after workers fall sick from carbon monoxide

OSHA cites pallet maker after workers fall sick from carbon monoxide

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a pallet manufacturer based in Genoa, Illinois, after the company exposed 10 workers to hazardous levels of carbon monoxide. Cleary Pallet Sales Inc. now faces potential penalties of more than $215,000. Department officials investigated the workplace in January this year. They discovered that workers encountered almost 10 …

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OSHA probes Chicago laundry worker’s death in workplace accident

OSHA probes Chicago laundry worker’s death in workplace accident

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating Eco Direct Laundry and Cleaners after one of its workers was killed in a machinery-related accident. The business is based in Niles, Illinois. Police said Pascual Gonzalez-Hernandez, 42, died after getting trapped between a dryer and a laundry conveyer system. Surveillance video showed he was working …

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Study finds Illinois mining injuries are underreported

Study finds Illinois mining injuries are underreported

Recent research has found the majority of Illinois mining-related injuries and illnesses go unreported to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). MSHA requires mine operators to report all such on-the-job incidents to the agency under its Part 50 program. University of Illinois researchers examined MSHA reports of mining injuries and …

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