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What to Do If You Are Injured as an Independent Contractor

The traditional workplace is shifting as more and more professionals choose to become independent contractors, working by the job or in a freelance capacity. While working as such does have its advantages, independent contracting typically disqualifies… Read More

OSHA Warns of Heat Dangers for Workers

As summer temperatures soar, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers and workers of the dangers associated with working outdoors in hot temperatures. Last year, the agency received more than 200 reports of worker… Read More

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Rates to Decrease in 2017

According to a report released by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NNCI), Illinois employers could see as much as a 12.9 percent cut in their insurance rates for 2017. That is the third largest suggested cut in the nation, which also totals… Read More

Employees Think Employers Care More About Productivity Than Safety

The National Safety Council (“NSC”) conducted a survey of 2,000 employees across the United States regarding safety in the workplace. It found that one-third of those surveyed thought that their employer was more concerned about productivity than safety. For… Read More

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Basics

Workplace injuries can be life-changing, impacting your livelihood temporarily and, in some cases, permanently. Many employees who sustain injuries while working and are uninsured worry how they’ll pay their medical bills – under Illinois law, workers’… Read More

Man Crushed to Death in Suburban Industrial Accident

A deadly industrial accident claimed the life of one worker Tuesday, July 5, in the Chicago suburb of Monee. The 58-year-old man, from Frankfort, was working below a semitrailer which was being refurbished at the Advanced Mobility manufacturing plant.… Read More

Separate Suburban Chicago Workplace Accidents Lead to Two Deaths

In the past week, two separate workplace accidents in Chicago suburbs have led to the deaths of two people. On June 20, a 43-year-old Ohio man was working at a Willow Springs jobsite when he fell from a 48-foot by 140-foot asphalt tank under construction.… Read More

Chemical Spill at Willy Wonka Factory Sends Workers to Hospital

Nestle’s Willy Wonka candy factory in Itasca was evacuated Friday, June 17, following a chemical spill that sent 11 people to the hospital. At approximately 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, a ventilation pipe that contained a chemical solution used to keep the… Read More

New OSHA Rule Reduces Exposure Levels for Silica Dust

Approximately 2.3 million U.S. workers are exposed to dangerous silica dust on the job. Breathing in these particles may cause kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer or silicosis, claiming more than 600 lives every year. The… Read More

GAO Report Reveals Dangers Faced by Meatpacking Industry Workers

According to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), meat and poultry plant workers face severe hazards on the job; many work injuries are thought to go unreported. Following a request from congressional Democrats, the GAO performed… Read More