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Farm Safety and Health Week

According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, farmland covers nearly 27 million acres or approximately 75% of the state’s total land area. While agriculture is one of the state’s key economic industries, farming remains one of the most dangerous occupations with the highest fatal injury rate of any industry. Farming accidents happen in a variety [….]


OSHA Investigating Truck Driver’s Death at His Workplace

  A truck driver’s death at a Bensenville freight and distribution center has launched an investigation by federal safety officials.   Worth resident Martin Sum, 57, was performing a routine safety check before leaving on January 7th. While performing the check, Sum became pinned between the open door of his truck and a post at [….]


Kankakee Man Killed in Forklift Accident

21-year old Kankakee resident Jacob Dluzak was killed Wednesday morning after becoming trapped in a forklift. Dluzak, who was working for St. Anne Farmers Consignment Auction, was found trapped in the bars of a boom forklift by a fellow co-worker early Wednesday. He was immediately taken to Riverside Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead [….]


Southside Fire Sends Firefighter to Hospital with Knee Injury

Last week, a Chicago firefighter was injured while fighting a blaze in the Englewood neighborhood. On December 20th, a fire broke out at a building at 6231 S. Racine Avenue at approximately 2:00 p.m. According to officials, the fire was on the first and second floors of the structure and spread to a building adjacent [….]


Accident on Interstate 55 Kills State Trooper

A state trooper was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer truck on Monday morning during a normal traffic stop alongside Interstate 55 near Litchfield. On the morning of November 26th, motorcycle unit Illinois State trooper Kyle Deatherage had stopped a motorist in the northbound lanes of I-55 near mile marker 62. Just before 9:00 a.m. [….]


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 [….]


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 [….]


Coal City Employees Injured in Crash after Octoberfest

Three Coal City employees were injured after their vehicle was struck as they were cleaning up after the annual Octoberfest celebration this past weekend. The three employees, including Streets and Alleys Supervisor Darrell L. Olsen, were cleaning after the end of the Octoberfest activities on Saturday, October 6 at South Broadway and Oak Street. About [….]


McMahon Discusses Health Problems After Football Career

Jim McMahon was known as the ‘punky QB’ during his days as an NFL quarterback and was most known for leading the Bears to a Superbowl win in the 1985-86 season. McMahon suffered four concussions during his playing days but was jostled plenty during his 14-year career. He stated that sideline coaches and trainers would [….]


Bedford Park factory Sued by Family of Worker Who Died From Acid Burns

The family of a 50-year-old man, who died last year after being burned on over 80% of his body, is suing the man’s former employer. Carlos Centeno worked as a contractor at Raani Corp., which manufactures household and personal grooming products. In November of 2011, Centeno was cleaning a tank when heated citric acid exploded [….]