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36 employees died on the job in Illinois thus far in 2016

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, so far this year in Illinois, 36 employees died on the job. That comes out to roughly one death per week.

Worker deaths in the state have shot up 28 percent since 2013. Most fatalities in the construction industry are a result of struck-by hazards and falls.

The federal safety agency is asking all Illinois businesses to review the health and safety procedures and programs to reduce the fatality rate.

The regional director for OSHA in Chicago and the surrounding areas stated, "These injuries, illness and workplace deaths . . . are preventable. Employers must develop good safety and health programs to ensure a safe and healthy workplace."

The agency's recommendations include the following:

-- Keep tools, machinery and work spaces free of hazards and in good condition.

-- Evaluate workplace hazards.

-- Implement procedures that eliminate hazards.

-- Train and retrain workers on safe operating procedures.

-- Encourage workers to report hazards in the workplace.

-- Give personal protective equipment to workers and make sure that they use it.

Employers are now required to report severe work-related injuries that involve losing an eye, amputations or hospitalization to OSHA within one day of the accident. Workplace fatalities must be reported within eight hours.

Do you work in an unsafe job site? Have you been injured on the job, or have you been exposed to conditions (like asbestos) that are likely to cause you serious health problems at some future point? Taking the steps now to document your allegations can make it much easier to put together a case for a civil lawsuit later.

Source: Insurance Journal, "OSHA: 36 Workers Have Died on the Job in Illinois This Year," Oct. 07, 2016

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