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Shortage of Skilled Construction Workers and Accident Risks in Illinois

Any building boom, like the one Northern Illinois currently is experiencing, can lead to a shortage of skilled construction workers - which in turn can often lead to more construction accidents.  What’s driving the shortage of skilled workers? According to Chicagoland Associated General Contractors (AGC), 73 percent of local homebuilders are having a hard time finding...

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Returning To Work After A Back Injury In Illinois

Returning to the workplace after a back injury is a dangerous venture. During recovery, workers are more likely to injure themselves again or make the original injury worse. As such, it is vitally important that workers avoid returning too early and know how to perform their duties safely once they can do so. This is...

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Identifying Workplace Dangers Throughout Illinois

Slips, trips, and falls are the second most common cause of workplace injuries. With new OSHA regulations requiring a regular inspection of floors for slip hazards, floors are finally beginning to get the attention they deserve. The big question, then, is what steps employers can take to identify and address hazards on walking and working...

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Technology Aims to Protect Lone Workers

Mobile technology has become the norm in our daily lives. Hands-free systems that enable us to speak to our cars, wireless headsets for our phones, and even apps that allow us to control the lights and thermostats in our homes while away have all helped to make our lives more connected. The pressing question, however,...

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The Damage Opioids Cause to Workers and Employers in Illinois

The opioid epidemic tearing through our nation is damaging families and communities and costing governments billions of dollars. Many approaches are being sought to curb the epidemic and recoup expenses spent on treating it. Last month, for instance, eleven cities and towns filed a lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois against both pharmaceutical companies and three...

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The 8 Most Common Workplace Injuries

In 2016, around 60 percent of nonfatal workplace injuries were the result of common, everyday mistakes. Since these are largely preventable issues, CPI Security worked to create a list of the eight most frequent injury types and their causes to enable employers to make adjustments to employee safety. Madison.com reports that the data used originated...

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The Dangerous Risks of Work Fatigue

Everyone experiences fatigue from time to time. For some people, it becomes a part of their everyday life. Whether they realize it or not, they are putting themselves and the people around them at risk. Why worker fatigue is so dangerous The National Safety Council defines fatigue as “a physical, mental or social impairment that includes tiredness,...

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Falls Account for 42 Percent of Construction Deaths

The Center for Construction Research and Training has organized data from the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program to create a searchable database of construction fatalities. Using this database, they were able to identify trends in construction fatalities from 1982 to 2015. They found that nearly half of all deaths in the construction industry...

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Winter Weather Risks For Outdoor Workers

Workplace accidents can happen anytime of the year, but winter is an especially challenging time for outdoor workers in Illinois. Snow and ice accumulation. Frigid temperatures. Dangerous debris. These are real cold weather hazards that employers can’t ignore. EHS Today recently reported on the four steps an emergency health and safety manager can take to...

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