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Workers Memorial Day Sheds Light on Workplace Safety Issues

Written by Ankin Law Office

Last Monday, April 28th was Workers Memorial Day, and various government officials marked the day by reflecting on improvements that must be made in order to help create safer work environments.

“We must never accept that injury, illness, or death is the cost of doing business,” President Barack Obama said in his Workers Memorial Day 2014 proclamation.

Each year, more than 4,000 workers die from workplace accidents, and an additional 50,000 die from occupational diseases, which averages to 150 worker deaths every day in this country, according to Jessica Martinez, deputy director of NCOSH. What’s more is that most workplace deaths in this country may be preventable, according to a new report from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH).

“Each one of these workplace fatalities is a wake-up call,” said Peter Dooley, National COSH senior consultant. Dooley also called these incidents “extremely predictable and extremely preventable,” saying that on-the-job hazards can be controlled through the implementation of workplace safety systems.

OSHA administrator David Michaels recently wrote of workplace hazards that workers face due to chemical exposure. Because most chemicals have no permissible exposure limits, and many of the permissible exposure limits are significantly out of date, Michaels called on employers to use safer chemical alternatives and exposure limits to better protect workers’ health.

As we discussed in this article, workplace falls continue to be a leading cause of workplace accidents, many of which are caused by ladders. According to a new report, NIOSH – along with OSHA and the Center for Construction Research and Training – is promoting a national campaign to prevent workplace falls. Moreover, NIOSH is also developing innovative technologies to complement safe ladder use. Construction workers are particularly susceptible to falls and other workplace injuries, making up an estimated 81% of fall injuries that require a trip to the emergency room.

Contact an Illinois Workplace Accident Lawyer

The Chicago workplace accident attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC are dedicated to helping injured workers or the families of deceased workers obtain the compensation and benefits that they deserve. We have considerable experience handling not just worker’s compensation claims, but personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death lawsuits as well. As such, we will put our comprehensive experience to work for you in order to obtain the maximum financial recovery possible on your behalf.

If you were injured or a loved one died in a work-related accident, do not hesitate to contact us at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago workplace accident lawyers.