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OSHA investigates construction worker’s sewer pipe death

A construction worker died on the job after firefighters failed to rescue him from a sewer pipe in Streamwood, Illinois. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the man’s death. Brett Morrow, 22, was installing new sewer lining to prevent leaks when he became trapped in a horizontal pipe measuring 24 inches in …

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Report reveals rise in fatal workplace injuries nationwide

The latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates a worrying increase in the number of fatal workplace injuries in the United States. There were 5,190 workplace fatalities recorded in 2016, marking a seven percent rise from 2015 and the highest level since 2008. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) admitted more …

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Chicago company cited for safety violations after workers suffer amputations

A container manufacturer is facing penalties of $503,380 after government inspectors discovered that several of the company’s employees suffered serious injuries due to safety violations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated four reports of worker injuries at BWAY Corp.’s Chicago plant. The company was cited for five serious and five repeated machine safety …

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One dead and one injured in Illinois work accident

One man died and another sustained serious injuries March 28 when they made contact with overhead power lines while trimming trees in Addison, Illinois. Jose Fulgencio-Hueramo was thrown off a ladder. The man was in cardiac arrest and was taken to Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said. The second man, who …

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State Governments Rolling Back Workers’ Compensation Protections

In Illinois and other states around the country, workers’ compensation is under attack. A recent investigation by NPR and ProPublica found that since 2003, more than 30 states have enacted legislation that either cuts benefits for injured workers, makes it harder to qualify for compensation, or creates obstacles to obtaining medical care. The federal Occupational …

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OSHA investigates garbage hauler’s death in landfill accident

A man died after being crushed under the weight of an overturned garbage truck and its concrete debris at Winnebago Landfill in Rockford, Illinois. Gonzalo Trevino Sr., 54, worked as a hauler for a garbage company. Investigators said Trevino was unloading his truck when another dump truck accidentally emptied its contents on him. The load …

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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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Construction worker dies from falling beam

A construction worker lost his life when a steel beam weighing 45 tons fell at a construction site. The accident occurred during the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 5, under a Jane Addams Memorial Tollway bridge in the northwestern part of suburban Des Plaines. According to Des Plaines Police Chief Bill Kushner, the workers …

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