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Rise in trench excavation deaths partly due to labor shortage

Illinois residents who work in trenching and excavation may be aware of a recent rise in fatalities within their industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 2016 saw a total of 23 deaths, which was double the average number of deaths in the previous five years. The BLS also states that, for number of deaths and injuries, 2017 was the worst year for trench workers in recent history.

OSHA issues reminder about worker rights during holidays

The holidays are here, and many Illinois retailers are hiring temporary workers to help manage the associated surge in business. As a result, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Wage and Hour Division have issued a reminder to ensure that employers understand the rights of seasonal workers.

Safety tips for employees working in winter

Residents of Illinois and elsewhere in the U.S. may wonder how to stay safe in slippery or snowy conditions. Everything from controlling traffic to downed tree limb removal should be considered when making a workplace safer for employees. OSHA states that employers are required by law to protect employees from cold weather, ice, snow and wind.

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