In a tragic construction accident in Illinois, a worker nearing retirement died while on a work site. The man was from another state, but was working on a project on an Illinois university campus when he was hit by a beam. A crane knocked a beam off the sixth floor of the building and hit the man in the head and chest, resulting in severe injuries. He was taken to a hospital, where he died from the injuries sustained in the construction accident.
An Illinois worker is listed in critical condition at the hospital after an explosion and fire at a Caterpillar Mine Equipment Repair and Service Plant in Saline County. The work accident occurred at around 8:15 a.m. on a recent Monday morning in a building that was separate from the main plant. Both Caterpillar and the State Fire Marshal are investigating the incident to determine the cause. In the meantime, the financial assistance offered by workers' compensation may alleviate a lot of worries as the worker tries to get back on his feet.
Most employers take their responsibility very seriously to comply with state and federal safety regulations in order to keep their workers safe. However, some companies, for whatever reason, allow their safety standards to slip, sometimes with catastrophic results. An Illinois pasta factory was recently cited by the OSHA for workplace safety violations that had the potential to cause serious work injury or even death. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported as a result of these violations.
An Illinois plant is at odds with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over four recent citations for serious violations of safety protocols. The violations were said to have occurred at Flex-N-Gate Corp.'s plant, which is located in Urbana. Though no specific work accident was identified, the OSHA action targeted unsafe practices that exposed workers to physical harm.