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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2013 – An explosion in an Illinois steel castings plant injured at least 10 workers. The explosion occurred at the American Steel Foundries plant located in Granite City, Illinois, which is northeast of St. Louis. Three workers, who were in critical condition, were transported by helicopter to hospitals for treatment, including Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, Missouri, while seven others were treated at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City for smoke inhalation and later released. “Industrial accidents of this nature are all too common,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago work injury attorney. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2013 – OSHA has cited a Chicago resident for violating lead exposure standards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Chicago resident Waclaw Cilulko’s construction company, American Masonry Inc., for seven counts of willfully violating OSHA’s lead exposure standards. OSHA inspectors found that workers at a building in Chicago were exposed to unsafe levels of lead while conducting sandblasting operations. The agency has proposed a total of $196,000 in penalties. “Lead exposure is very dangerous, and construction companies need to take proper precautions to ensure workers remain safe, particularly when working […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2011 – The latest quarterly reports for the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act show 29 violations by statewide nursing home facilities. The violations, which can seriously jeopardize patient health and safety, resulted in penalties ranging from fines to license revocations. Some of the most egregious violations were uncovered by health department investigators at the Waterfront Terrace nursing home. Investigators were brought in after the facility failed to provide adequate care. It was discovered that an individual found bleeding from a shunt and lying in a pool of blood was not properly monitored. Less […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 2, 2011 – Recent car accidents involving autos going high speeds highlight the need to slow down. Speeding can have serious consequences, from killing someone to inflicting serious injuries to drivers, passengers, and the rest of the public. In early July, a driver was killed in the Garfield Ridge area after he was going 100 mph and veered off the side of the road. He hit a bridge and flipped his car. Celebrity Ryan Dunn made headlines in late June when he was driving his Porsche at an estimated speed of 140 mph before […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2011 – Chicago is experiencing some of the hottest weather on record in the last five years. In 2010, 30 workers died from the heat. The U.S. Labor Department recently launched a national outreach campaign to protect workers from heat-related illnesses and death. Thousands of workers are affected by heat-related illnesses each year. If left unchecked, heat exhaustion can turn into heat stroke, putting a worker’s life in peril. Heat-related illness and death can happen in industries ranging from construction, agriculture, tourism, and even outside sales jobs. Employers must take steps to ensure […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2011 – Trampoline parks are becoming a popular destination for kids and teens. Two companies are opening new facilities this summer throughout Illinois, including in Naperville, Niles, and Buffalo Grove. The parks are intended to promote fun and exercise for jumpers who bounce off the trampoline walls and floors. Until there is an injury, trampoline parks seem like a harmless way to have fun. But as the Chicago Tribune reported in late May, one trampoline park in Carol Stream has had 16 ambulance calls for injuries ranging from head trauma and dislocated shoulders […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 11, 2011 – A drunk and distracted-driving accident on the Dan Ryan Expressway left a permanent mark on an entire family this past Memorial Day. The driver ran into the guardrail and was found to have a blood alcohol level two times the legal limit. Eight people were in the car, and none were wearing seat restraints. The accident happened when the driver was attempting to pick up a potato chip that had fallen. The auto driver, 47-year-old Joannie Pittman, had been drinking alcohol at a barbecue earlier in the day. She was arrested […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 22, 2011 – The Third District Appellate Court of Illinois upheld a trial court’s ruling that a tractor-trailer driver and her company’s affiliates were liable for the deaths of two men and serious injuries of another. DeAn Henry was driving a tractor-trailer full of potatoes on Interstate 55 in Plainfield, Ill., when she realized that several vehicles ahead of her were not moving. She tried to stop her truck, but was unable to do so. Henry crashed into multiple automobiles, killing Joseph Sperl and Thomas Sanders, and injuring William Taluc. She was due to […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 13, 2011 – Statistics show that 16-year-olds are six times more likely to get in an auto accident than drivers over 30 years old. The Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection Act (STANDUP) plans to decrease deaths and injuries by setting national teen driving laws for all new teen drivers. Many states already have some form of graduated driver licensing laws, but standardization across the country is shown to save lives and money, say the STANDUP sponsors. “Over the last five years alone, over 40,000 teens have died in motor vehicle crashes and […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2011 – A defective aircraft and wrongful death lawsuit will continue court proceedings in Illinois, ruled the Appellate Court of Illinois, First Judicial District, Sixth Division. Michael Russell flew an emergency medical service helicopter for Air Angels, Inc. throughout Cook County. He died when the aircraft he was piloting crashed. His family subsequently discovered that one of the helicopter’s drive-shaft bearings fractured, causing the tail rotor not to work. A French company, SNFA, made the allegedly defective part, and unsuccessfully tried to keep the case out of Illinois courts. SNFA makes custom tail […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 20, 2011 – The death of a Chicago ironworker has affected his family and the International Ironworkers Union. In February, Kenneth Puplava was hit by a metal beam while working at the site of a new medical building at Glenbrook Hospital. The construction project is a part of the hospital’s $100 million expansion that includes a new emergency room, and expanded radiology and cancer treatment facilities. Pepper Construction Company and the LeJeune steel company have been charged with maintaining unsafe working conditions and defective welds, and causing the collapse that killed the worker. Puplava […]


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