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National Safety Month Aims to Reduce Leading Injuries

The National Safety Council encourages everyone to observe and promote National Safety Month this June and to continue those safe practices all year round. The purpose of National Safety Month is to focus on reducing the leading causes of injury and death in the workplace, on the road, in the home, and around communities.

Avoidable injuries are the most prominent cause of death for Americans with ages ranging from 1 to 44 years old. There are numerous ways for people to stay safe and actively prevent these injuries. The National Safety Council encourages people to spread the word and educate themselves about ways to reduce the risk of work-related injuries. Approximately 13,000 American workers suffer an injury in the workplace every day due to a variety of causes.

Employers are responsible for the safety and well-being of those they employ, but employees should also take an initiative to promote their own safety. The National Safety Council makes a point to focus on a few work safety topics, which include: fatigue, drug use at work, driving, workplace violence, slips and falls, ergonomics, and overextension. While these do not encompass all the risks that employees are subject to, they are typically the most common ways that employees might potentially suffer an injury. Ways to ensure safety from these dangers in the workplace include:

  • Focusing on your wellness by getting the proper amount of sleep
  • Trying to include physical activity in your everyday routine
  • Recognizing potential hazards
  • Staying hydrated and eating enough

Ensuring a culture of safety in the workplace for protection from violence begins with having a well-trained staff. This can be accomplished through policy or training, in addition to the development of emergency action plans. Unfortunately, not all workplace hazards can be predicted, and the deadliest situations often involve an active shooter. The following precautions can help in an active shooter emergency.

Be Informed

  • Sign up for active shooter training
  • If you see something, say something
  • Be aware of your surroundings and possible dangers

Make a Plan

  • Make a plan with everyone in your office and ensure that everyone is on the same page
  • Make sure all of the exits are clear and visible

It is important to be aware of the risks that can be associated with being in the workplace. Employers should take the time to educate their employees on optimal work environment safety and how to avoid work-related injuries.  Throughout the month of June, and all year long, consider these ways to avoid work-related injuries and promote proper safety.

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury in the workplace, the attorneys at Spiros Law are here to take a weight off your shoulders. Here at Spiros Law,  we are dedicated to ensuring clients receive the proper care and attention when dealing with legal measures by addressing each matter with care. Contact our Danville office at (217) 443-4343 to speak with one of our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys and to schedule a free consultation.


Man critically injured in Chicago construction mishap

A man was recently listed in critical condition at a hospital in Chicago after he got involved in a workplace accident, a September 24 article of Chicago Tribune stated.

Information coming from police officer Kevin Quaid, at around 4:20 p.m., rescuers were called after an accident took place in the apartment construction site in the 700 block of Hudson Street in River North. The victim identified as a 34-year-old man sustained serious injuries to his left arm with an elevator shaft while working in the 25-story apartment construction. The man was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and reports confirmed that a portion of his left arm was amputated after the accident.

In this tough situation that you suffer serious injuries while doing your work, getting help from a skilled lawyer is important mostly if you are filing for your workers’ compensation benefits you need for recovery. Speak with a lawyer at Spiros Law, P.C., by calling (217) 443-4343 to find out how we may work on your behalf.


Illinois-based chicken processing facility cited after worker’s finger partly severed

A chicken processing facility in Park Ridge may be ordered to pay $52,500 after a worker lost a portion of his right middle finger while attempting to clear a paper jam in workplace equipment.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stated that Koch Foods Inc. committed five counts of “workplace safety violations” in an April incident where a portion of a staff member’s finger was severed. The worker, whose name was withheld, was attempting to remove jammed papers from a machine when part of his right middle finger was severed. The company was cited for failure to provide adequate safe guards in machinery; OSHA representatives revealed that the company had received a citation for this same offense in March of 2014.

The lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., in Danville understand that many workers struggle to provide the basic needs of their families after suffering workplace injuries. Fortunately, these victims of employer negligence may be able to recover compensation for their injuries. To learn more about your legal options, call (217) 443-4343 today.


Construction worker killed in Wilmington workplace accident

A male construction worker in Wilmington was recently killed in a workplace accident, according to an Associated Press report on February 2.

Reports from the Wilmington Police said the fatal accident happened on January 30. Police Chief Phillip Arnold identified the fatality as Plainfield resident Patrick Wilda, 33. Wilda reportedly was trapped between a lift and a beam. Other workers attempted to revive Wilda before rescue personnel arrived. He later died after he being brought to a hospital in Joliet. The state’s OSHA and Police are assisting Wilmington Police in their investigation.

Families who lose their loved ones in workplace accidents often suffer financial hardships aside from great emotional pain. If something like this has happened to your loved one, financial support may be granted through workers’ compensation to lessen your burden. Find out how the Danville lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., may help you today by calling our offices at (217) 443-4343.


Industrial accident takes the life of Sandwich man

An industrial workplace accident at Sycamore Menards took the life of one Sandwich man on Tuesday afternoon.

According to fire and police officials, the accident occurred at 2:30 p.m. when the worker was operating a forklift in order to perform maintenance operations at the pack storage lot when he somehow became trapped.

Police found him blue and unconscious. He was pronounced dead shortly after. The incident is currently still being investigated and police are asking for any witnesses to please come forward at this time.

Our deepest condolences are with the friends and family of the victim at this time.


Man killed in fire accident at work

A 71-year-old Grant Park man was killed in a plow truck accident at a Kankakee County golf course after inhaling carbon monoxide.

The accident began when the man was at the Minne Monnesse Golf Course attempting to plow snow after a blizzard. When he hopped into the truck, it caught fire.

The man then inhaled “smoke and smooth” which caused carbon monoxide intoxication. The County Coroner ruled the death accidental.

Workplace accidents can affect the lives of many, our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victim.


Correctional facility settles workers compensation suit with guards

The workers at the Menard Correctional Center have been awarded more than $1.5 million in a workers compensation settlements.

The workers at the facility claimed that they were injured from repetitive actions when they had to unlock and lock the cell doors. The prison was built in 1878 and does not have electrical locks meaning that the locks had to be cranked by a large wheel by hand.

The guards have said that this caused injuries to their hands, wrists, and elbows. According to the records, one out of every 10 officers filed these claims.

If you or a loved one  has been injured on the job, you need representation on your side that may be able to secure the benefits that you deserve. Contact the Danville workers’ comp lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., by calling (217) 443-4343 today.


Illinois man killed in truck rollover accident

A man from Bellmont was killed in a Wayne County truck accident on Monday.

According to Illinois State Police, the 47-year-old man was traveling westbound on Route 15 in a Mack Truck when he swerved to the left to avoid from crashing into the back of another vehicle. The truck then hit an embankment and rolled over.

The man was killed as a result of the injuries received. A reconstructionist team has been assigned to the case in order to help police officials in the investigation.

Truck accidents can cause serious injury to all involved, our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victim in the crash.


Illinois man killed in mine accident

A worker employed with Peabody Energy Corp. was killed on July 9 in a workplace accident in a mine in Illinois.

The mine is now closed in order for an investigation to begin so that the details of the tragic accident can be known. The accident happened underground and involved a shuttle a car.

Last month, the U.S. Mine Health and Safety Administration allegedly found safety issues at the mine and wanted to expedite the process for fear of dangerous work conditions that could harm the employees.

The mine has previously been cited for not providing the adequate protection for roof falls and other violations that totaled $230,000 in fines.

Workplace accidents can have traumatizing effects for all involved, our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victims.