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Farm And Agricultural Work Are Still Dangerous Professions

Over the past century, farming has become much easier and safer than ever before. Mechanization has greatly reduced the number of workers needed to grow and harvest crops, and has lessened the physical burdens each worker faces.

These are welcome changes, but agricultural work still has dangers that many of us fail to recognize. As Illinois farms prepare for planting this spring, now is a good time to discuss some of these hazards. Specifically, today’s post will focus on the dangers workers face at grain handling facilities.

Report all injuries to validate workers' compensation claims

While construction workers in Illinois face an endless list of safety hazards, it is not uncommon for some injuries never to be reported. Regardless of the reason for keeping quiet about an on-the-job injury, it is never a good idea. Reporting even near misses can benefit the construction company and all its employees. If it involved a previously unrecognized safety hazard, plans could be put in place to mitigate it. Furthermore, only reported injuries are valid for workers' compensation claims.

Safety authorities say many reasons exist for workers not reporting injuries. These include workers being embarrassed about making an error that led to an injury, fearing disciplinary action, or even being put off by the amount of paperwork that might be involved in a report. However, reporting injuries can help to create a safer work environment by making sure it does not happen again.

Help children avoid dog bites

It is hard to walk down the street and not find a house with a dog sitting at the fence or tied up in the yard. It is easy to think that all dogs will be friendly, especially to children, but that is not often the case. Dog attacks in children are prevalent and can result in trips to the hospital. Because of this, it is important for parents to understand why dogs attack children and what can be done to avoid this.

 

Workers' compensation: Benefits can help after tragic death

No matter how many safety standards, protocols and policies are in place at an industrial facility, employees will likely face some risks on the job. Whether an injury is minor or severe, most employees may be eligible to file workers' compensation insurance claims to cover medical expenses for work-related injuries. Because some injuries are fatal, this system also allows for qualified family members to file for death benefits. Illinois workers will be sad to learn that one family and community is grieving the loss of a factory employee after a recent fatal work injury.

According to union representatives for the employees of the General Electric refrigerator factory, the employee had worked for the factory for 24 years. His co-workers report that he was well-liked and always willing to assist other employees with their work. The events that led to the man's accident have not been reported, but it is known that he became pinned by a large machine on the factory assembly line.

Workers' compensation death benefits payable to worker's family

In Illinois and all other states, a death that occurs while the decedent is at work is included within the state's compensation laws. Workers' compensation will automatically kick in when the employee dies while performing work duties, and that applies regardless of who is at fault in causing the workplace accident. The compensation law provides for the payments of death benefits to the deceased worker's next of kin.

The benefits usually include medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, along with the payment to the family of weekly or monthly monetary benefits based on the statutory formula that applies. Under certain circumstances, it may be possible for the family to obtain a lump-sum settlement amount in lieu of receiving weekly or monthly payments. However, that is a risky venture that should not be attempted without the services and consultation of an experienced workers' compensation attorney.

Workers' compensation death benefits payable to worker's family

In Illinois and all other states, a death that occurs while the decedent is at work is included within the state's compensation laws. Workers' compensation will automatically kick in when the employee dies while performing work duties, and that applies regardless of who is at fault in causing the workplace accident. The compensation law provides for the payments of death benefits to the deceased worker's next of kin.

The benefits usually include medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, along with the payment to the family of weekly or monthly monetary benefits based on the statutory formula that applies. Under certain circumstances, it may be possible for the family to obtain a lump-sum settlement amount in lieu of receiving weekly or monthly payments. However, that is a risky venture that should not be attempted without the services and consultation of an experienced workers' compensation attorney.

Working in extreme cold weather? How to take proper precautions

This winter you may have been introduced to a new weather phenomenon that you have never heard of before, and likely will never want to hear from again. It was the polar vortex. While not so rare that it is a once in a lifetime event, it also doesn’t happen all the time. It last happened in 2014, before then it made appearances in 1989, 1985, 1982 and 1977. This vortex swoops down from the north pole carrying with it extremely cold temperatures.

When it comes to workers who spend either all or most of their work week outside, living in a state like Illinois can be very tough between the months of November and March. While a polar vortex does not have to be around to make conditions dangerous for outdoor workers in the winter, it can make a bad situation much worse.

Working in extreme cold weather? How to take proper precautions

This winter you may have been introduced to a new weather phenomenon that you have never heard of before, and likely will never want to hear from again. It was the polar vortex. While not so rare that it is a once in a lifetime event, it also doesn’t happen all the time. It last happened in 2014, before then it made appearances in 1989, 1985, 1982 and 1977. This vortex swoops down from the north pole carrying with it extremely cold temperatures.

When it comes to workers who spend either all or most of their work week outside, living in a state like Illinois can be very tough between the months of November and March. While a polar vortex does not have to be around to make conditions dangerous for outdoor workers in the winter, it can make a bad situation much worse.

Workers' compensation: Furnance malfunction injures workers

Two workers recently experienced a shock when a malfunction occurred on a job. In addition to the surprising malfunction of a machine, the workers suffered injuries. Illinois employees may be relieved to learn that most employer's workers' compensation insurance benefits will cover medical expenses for similar work injuries.

Reportedly, the two workers had completed maintenance on a natural gas furnace when the incident occurred. It is not certain what events led to the malfunction, but a minor explosion occurred right after workers completed the maintenance. According to company employees, a door on the furnace chamber functioned correctly and prevented additional harm to the employees.

Workers' compensation: Furnance malfunction injures workers

Two workers recently experienced a shock when a malfunction occurred on a job. In addition to the surprising malfunction of a machine, the workers suffered injuries. Illinois employees may be relieved to learn that most employer's workers' compensation insurance benefits will cover medical expenses for similar work injuries.

Reportedly, the two workers had completed maintenance on a natural gas furnace when the incident occurred. It is not certain what events led to the malfunction, but a minor explosion occurred right after workers completed the maintenance. According to company employees, a door on the furnace chamber functioned correctly and prevented additional harm to the employees.

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