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Fall Prevention Awareness Week

Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, unintentional injuries, and hospital admissions due to trauma, which tend to take a serious toll on their quality of life and measure of independence. To shed light on this issue, the first week of fall is being designated as National Fall Prevention Awareness Week, [….]


48 students and teachers sent to hospital for possible carbon monoxide poisoning

Fears of possible carbon monoxide exposure sent 48 students and teachers from Noel LeVasseur Elementary School in Bourbonnais to local hospitals on Thursday. Authorities believe that a boiler-room ventilation issue may have been the cause. The entire school was evacuated after students and teachers complained of dizziness and nausea, two major signs of carbon monoxide [….]


Court rules homeowners protected from ice lawsuits

The Illinois Second District Appellate Court ruled to stop trial on a slip-and-fall lawsuit with a ruling on the Illinois Snow and Ice Removal Act of 1979. A different Appellate Court ruled that homeowners could not be held liable for accidents relating to the weather, such as those caused by slippery sidewalks. They could, however, be liable [….]


Three People Sent to the Hospital After PATH Escalator Malfunctions

A malfunctioning escalator at a commuter rail station in New Jersey sent three people to the hospital yesterday. On Monday, January 7, commuters were on an ascending escalator in the Exchange Place PATH station in Jersey City as a part of a normal work day. Around 9:00 a.m. the escalator suddenly stopped and began heading [….]


Bedford Park Go-Cart Facilty Sued for Faulty Equipment

A woman has filed suit against a Bedford Park go-kart facility for negligence. Kimberly Ball visited the Chicago Race Factory in early May of this year. The lawsuit states that when employees seated her in a go-cart with a broken seat belt, they allegedly stated adults did not need the safety harnessed and those were [….]


Wrongful Death Suit Settled with Family of Worker at Joliet Asphalt Company

A lawsuit brought against a Joliet asphalt company in regards to the 2004 death of a Channahon man has been settled. Jason Shelton, 26, was working at the Gallagher Asphalt Corp. at their Brandon Road facility on a November night just before Thanksgiving of 2004. He was monitoring the flow of sand in a bin [….]


Two Students Sent to Hospital After Discovery of Mouse Droppings

Mouse droppings discovered in the bottom of a nachos’ bag led to a trip to the hospital for two students at a high school on the southside of Chicago last Thursday. Two students at Hirsch Metropolitan High School on 7740 South Ingelside Avenue were eating lunch, pre-packaged nachos, when they noticed droppings at the bottom of [….]


Three Dead in Collapsed Garage at Miami Dade College

A garage structure that collapsed at the Miami Dade College on Wednesday has taken the lives of three workers and left another one missing. The five-story structure in Doral, Florida was under construction and due to open later in the fall. However, around 11:40 a.m. the top portion of the garage fell, creating damage as [….]


Fire Injures Construction Worker in Lawndale Storefront

A construction worker was injured in a fire over the weekend in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. The construction worker was rehabbing a store front in a small strip mall on the 1800 block of South Kostner Avenue on September 1st. Around 5:35 p.m. the fire was reported to authorities. It was stated that there [….]


Legionnaires’ outbreak at Chicago hotel leaves two dead

Two people have been killed after a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak occurred during the summer at a downtown JW Marriott hotel in Chicago. According to officials with the Chicago Department of Public Health, two of the eight people who came down with Legionnaires’ disease after staying at the Marriott between the middle of July and August, have now [….]