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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.

Job safety for temporary workers

Employers in Illinois are responsible for providing safe work environments for their employees. This includes both permanent and temporary workers. But for temporary workers who are placed by staffing agencies, the responsibility for safety is shared by the employer and the staffing agency. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends communication between the staffing agency and host employer to ensure that both parties understand their respective roles in temporary worker safety.

Durable and effective signage promotes workplace safety

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers in Illinois and around the country have a legal obligation to keep workplaces as safe as possible. Signage plays an important role in communicating hazards and encouraging safe behaviors. Advances in sign technology and durable materials have provided employers with more options than ever before to inform workers about safety procedures. When employers choose signage, they should look for materials that will withstand the work environment and select messaging that resonates with workers.

Amazon employees allege improper treatment in the workplace

An investigation by the Guardian reveals that the online retail giant Amazon has been improperly treating many of its employees after they have been injured on the job. Many injured former employees even are left without an income, benefits and a home. This is important news considering how there are more than 140 Amazon warehouses across Illinois and the rest of the U.S.

How to handle hazardous materials without getting hurt

There may be times when workers in Illinois will need to handle hazardous materials. Employers should have safety rules and protocols in place to make sure that their workers do so without getting hurt. The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) can reduce the risk workers face when handling a potentially dangerous substance. PPE should be replaced if it is defective or worn down as it won't protect as well as it ages.

How to keep workers safe around machines

Workers in Illinois and throughout the country could face injury risks regardless of the type of machine that they use. It is important that both workers and employers take steps to reduce that risk. For example, employees should wear proper protective equipment when they are working on or around a machine. Employers should do hazard assessments on a regular basis to determine what type of equipment workers will need.

The 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S.

There are safety issues in every job across Illinois. However, it's no secret that some occupations are more dangerous than others are. Time magazine has compiled the data and used it to determine the 10 most dangerous jobs in the United States. The list has some surprises, both for the jobs themselves as well as the cause of the danger.

The dangers faced by U.S. meat plant workers

According to reports, U.S. meat plant workers are suffering serious injuries like fractured fingers, amputations, burns and head trauma week after week. OSHA records reveal that every month in these meat plants, an average of 17 incidents occur that qualify as "severe". This covers incidents that lead to amputations, loss of an eye or a hospitalization. Illinois workers will want to know what can be done about this unsafe trend.

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