Fatal Workplace Injuries On the Rise in Illinois

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released its final data on fatal injuries in the workplace in the year 2010. While such on-the-job deaths have been decreasing nationwide for some time, they are on the rise in Illinois. According to the BLS data, released on April 25, 2012, fatal workplace injuries in Illinois …

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Illinois House Votes Unanimously to Outsource Workers Compensation

On May 30, the Illinois House passed legislation on a unanimous vote to outsource the state’s workers’ compensation system. The bill, HB 2958, would require the Department of Central Management Services (CMS) to contract with private companies for management of state workers’ compensation claims. Barbara Flynn Currie, the House Majority Leader, said that the bill …

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Changes Ahead for Illinois Workers Compensation System

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation system is being challenged on multiple fronts, as Republicans in both the Illinois House and Senate are pushing bills to limit claims by injured workers, and a state audit has reported numerous problems with the system for paying injured state workers. The Illinois House is considering H.B. 6145, which would give …

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Employers Can Help Injured Workers Through Workplace Accommodation Programs

Companies working to bring injured employees back to work have a resource in the Job Accommodation Network. The non-profit group has free, confidential advice about disability employment and workplace accommodation issues. By helping employers find creative ways to bring injured employees back into the workforce, JAN saves companies money while helping employees get back to …

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Company Cited for OSHA Violations at Illinois Plant

As Illinois lawmakers work to reduce workers’ compensation coverage in the state, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration cited Central Transport International Inc. for multiple and repeat violations at its Hillside facility. The logistics company was in violation for improperly training workers who drive forklifts and not having adequate eyewash stations for …

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State Publishes Latest Stats on Workplace Injuries

Incidents Affect More than 165,000 Workers In recently published statistics, the Illinois Department of Health noted that 165,500 workplace injuries and illnesses occurred in the latest reporting year. More than 83,300 of these incidents were serious enough to prevent employees from being able to work for a period of time. The largest number of injuries …

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Significant Illinois Ruling for Routine Overtime Affects Workers’ Comp Awards

The First District Appellate Court of Illinois has made an important ruling for employees who seek workers’ compensation and regularly work overtime hours. In Tower Automotive v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC), the Court found that Tower employee Robert Nawrot was mandated to work overtime in his job. Employees were subject to discipline if they …

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Work Injuries Still Under-Reported Amidst Illinois Debate at Ending Workers Comp

Arise Chicago Worker Center (ACWC) reports that 41 percent of workers they surveyed never received job safety training and 30 percent never reported their injuries for fear of retaliation. These alarming statistics indicate that worker safety is not being valued and that worker productivity and morale are undoubtedly suffering as a consequence. The ACWC study …

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