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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OSHA investigates after marble worker gets crushed to death

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials have launched an investigation after a man was crushed to death between two marble slabs at his workplace. Ilan Abergel, 57, was the co-owner of Quartz Master, a stone supplier in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. The manufacturing company produces and sells various stone materials for kitchen countertops and …

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Two men killed after tractor triggers gas pipeline explosion

A father and son died in a natural gas pipeline explosion on a family farm in Lee County, Illinois. Authorities are investigating the incident, in which two other people also suffered injuries. The 59-year-old man and his 30-year-old son were working on the field at M&R Farms when the natural gas pipeline exploded after being …

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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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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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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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