Thirty-six workers in Illinois have perished on the job this year. This is a 28% increase in fatality rates from 2013 and represents the reality that employers in Illinois continue to place workers at risk of facing death or serious personal injury just for doing their jobs.
OSHA Raises the Alarm
OSHA's regional offices are strongly encouraging all Illinois employers to carefully review their compliance with regulations and workplace standards. This includes evaluating workplaces for known hazards and potential problems. Employers are being advised to inspect machinery and tools to ensure they function properly. Moreover, employers are being advised to ensure that employees are properly trained and issued the necessary protective equipment to perform their daily tasks.
Further, employers are being reminded that they are required to file reports of serious injury within 24 hours. Serious injuries are those that result in hospitalization amputation of a limb, or loss of an eye. In the event of a fatality, employers are required to file notification within 8 hours of the incident taking place.
Protecting Industrial & Manufacturing Workers
Individuals who work in industrial and manufacturing jobs face the greatest risk of personal injury or death. The combination of heavy machinery, fast-moving production lines, and dangerous working conditions can lead to tragedy.
These risks include being crushed by heavy machinery, suffering falls from heights, and entanglements within equipment that can permanently mangle limbs. These incidents can have fatal consequences.
Companies that violate safety standards and place workers in danger can face fines and penalties. OSHA has the authority to sanction companies that fail to protect their employees. If the violation is serious enough, or if it causes a workplace fatality, OSHA can shut down a business' operations.
Moving Forward Following Injury
A McHenry County personal injury attorney can assist workers who have been injured by the negligence of their employer. Workers who have been injured on the job can file claims to cover the expenses related to the personal injuries they have suffered.
In Illinois, individuals may file claims to cover medical expenses, loss of income, loss of companionship, and diminished quality of life. As with all personal injury cases, it is necessary to thoroughly document the cause of the injury and the impact it has on the individual's ability to work and live their life the way they did prior to the incident.