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Being a police officer could be getting safer in Illinois

Everyone knows that being a police officer comes with certain risks and dangers, and that's never going to change. It's the nature of the job. However, stats from 2013 indicate that being a law officer could actually be getting safer in Illinois and across the United States.

Dangers other than falls in the Illinois construction industry

Often, falls get the credit for being the way that most workers in the construction industry are hurt or killed on the job. While this is true in Illinois -- and all across the United States, for that matter -- it's important for workers to remember that there are other dangers, as well. Namely, malfunctioning equipment can be very dangerous.

The most dire construction accidents in Illinois

While the majority of construction accidents are simply going to lead to minor injuries, perhaps requiring medical care and perhaps just requiring on-site first aid treatment, it is important to know that some accidents can be more dire than this, and they can even take lives. The construction industry, even with modern safety equipment, can be quite dangerous.

What industries see high amounts of heat fatalities in Illinois?

One campaign that the Occupational Safety & Health Administration has been working on is concerned with documenting heat fatalities. In order to do this, comprehensive statistics are kept for every on-the-job death that is thought to be a heat-related death, and then an investigation is done to see what role -- if any -- heat played in the incident.

Falls remain a common cause of workplace injuries in Illinois

Falls are often cited as one of the most common reasons why workers are injured in Illinois and elsewhere, and a look at recent reports shows that this remains true. For example, the reports from 2009 indicate that as many as 212,760 workers fell and suffered from serious injuries as a result. In the same year, a full 605 workers died as a result of injuries suffered in falls.

What impact have safety acts had on work-related accident stats?

In 1970, a new act went through to help to protect workers. This was called the Occupational Safety and Health Act. It is known as OSH so as not to be confused with OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Has this act had a big impact over the years?

What is workers' compensation and what does it pay?

Workers' compensation is a benefits system for employees who are injured, become ill or die while on the job. It is required by law for most employees in Illinois and across the country and in most case, it will pay out regardless of who was at fault in a workplace incident.

Questions abound regarding man killed in Illinois beam accident

An iron worker on the campus of Northwestern University was killed around a year ago by a beam that had fallen during a project. The beam struck him when a crane that was working on the same project knocked it down from the 6th floor of the building. The beam weighed 70 pounds.

Chicago area family awarded $6.65 million in wrongful death suit

Death is an inevitability in war. However, the deaths of some military members and others working for the military are caused by negligence, just as civilian workplace deaths sometimes are. That's what a Cook County jury found in the case of an Arlington Heights man who was employed by a contractor for the U.S. military in the Middle East.

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