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Retirement preparedness decreases after divorce

When people over 50 in Illinois decide to divorce, they can face a number of specific concerns for the future. Labeled "gray divorces," these separations are far from uncommon or anomalous. On the contrary, while the divorce rate for Americans of all ages has remained flat, it more than doubled for people over 50 between 1990 and 2010. At the same time, because retirement funds can be some of the most important assets addressed during a divorce at any age, this can have a particularly significant impact on people who choose to divorce later in life.

Tech advances could help electrical workers' safety

Electrical workers in Illinois can face a number of risks on the job, including as part of the process of creating an electrically safe environment for continued work. One of the most important parts of this process is an absence of voltage test, which helps to ensure that voltage and current are not flowing before electrical workers begin certain types of procedures. These tests can be critical before workers start handling wiring or making changes to how power is dealt with on the job site. The consequences of an unsafe electrical workplace can be severe and lead to lifelong consequences or even death.

New tech could help drivers avoid phone distractions

Companies like AT&T, Sprint and Verizon have responded to the increase in smartphone-related auto accidents by developing free apps that block incoming calls and messages. These apps also send automatic replies to callers and senders to notify them that the recipient is driving. Other companies have stepped in as well, producing devices that can do even more for drivers in Illinois.

Sanitation workers at high risk for fatal accidents

Among civilian workers with the highest workplace fatality rates, sanitation and recycling workers ranked fifth in 2016 according to recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Compared to most other industries, the sanitation industry had a fatality risk nearly 10 times higher. Workers can fall off trucks before or after trash collection, be exposed to dangerous materials and injure themselves by straining to carry heavy loads. Workers in Illinois will want to know what can be done to reduce the risk.

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