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July 2015 Archives

Constitutionality of workers' comp system challenged

Both employers and worker advocates around the country have been following a Florida workers' compensation case. The central issue, as far as analysts and legal commentators are concerned, is the constitutionality of the basic premise of the workers' comp system -- that is, that worker's comp is the sole remedy available to injured workers.

3 little words outdoor workers should know: Water, rest, shade p3

T.S. Eliot said that April is the cruelest month, but football players would argue that August is worse. August is when professional and college football teams begin to train for the upcoming season. They don their safety equipment and exert themselves in sometimes unbearable heat and humidity. Since the death of pro football player Korey Stringer from heat stroke in 2001, teams have been more careful, but with any outdoor physical activity there is always the risk.

3 little words outdoor workers should know: Water, rest, shade

It would be hard to believe it's already the end of July if it weren't for all the road construction. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there are currently 12 construction projects in Peoria County alone, causing delays and frustration among drivers. On the really hot days, sitting in traffic is annoying, but most of us are lucky enough to have air conditioning in our vehicles. The construction workers are not so lucky.

Has your employer classified your job correctly?

At dinner some night, try to find out how much your companions' know about workers' compensation. Chances are that they know workers' comp covers work-related injuries or occupational diseases. And chances are that they know that fault makes no difference. Workers' comp is not like property insurance: If you slip and fall at your local grocery store, the insurance company will want to know if you were responsible for the accident. Slip and fall at work, though, and responsibility -- that is, fault -- is not a factor.

5 Ways To Prevent Construction Accidents This Summer

Summer is construction season in Illinois, and we are right in the middle of it. While most people in Peoria and the surrounding areas treat construction zones as annoyances to be passed as quickly as possible, it is important to keep in mind that they are workplaces for many people.

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