Tag: injuries and illnesses

Lawsuits for Occupational Illnesses Allowed Under Illinois Bill

Illinois workers and their families can now sue employers for long-developing occupational illnesses under a new state law.  The law enables workers and their families to file civil suits against employers after the clock has run out on the state’s workers’ compensation and occupational diseases laws.

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‘Imminent and Substantial Harm’ Under RCRA Clarified by Court

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit disagreed with a district court on how much harm two citizens had to have suffered from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) on their property to prevail in a citizen suit brought against the party responsible for the contamination.

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NIOSH: Firefighters, EMTs Face Major Ergonomics Concerns

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and firefighters experience musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) at five times the rate of most workers, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) said in a summary of research priorities for the public safety sector.

Back pain ergonomics

What to Do if Your Chair Hurts Your Back

It’s one of the most common ergonomic injuries—back pain. A lot of the blame is falling on how chair design has evolved over the years. Even if you can’t do anything about the chair you sit in at work, here are a few tips and tricks for minimizing the risk of discomfort and possible injury.

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Prevent Incidents Using the OSHA 300 Log

You may have wondered why OSHA and OSHA-authorized states refer to occurrences in which workers are injured or killed as incidents, not accidents. The main reason is that, by the dictionary definition, an accident is an “unexpected or unforeseen” incident that usually results in injury or damage. To take an extreme example, an airplane that […]