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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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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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Appellate Court overturns award of permanent partial disability benefits

A decision by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission was overturned by the Appellate Court of Illinois, which said that the commission needed to make a decision about the appropriateness of a wage-differential award as compared to an award based on the percentage of the body that was impaired. In the case, Lenhart v. Illinois Workers’ …

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