A man was involved in a recent mining accident that claimed his life. The 20-year-old Marion man was in an M-Class Mine in Macedonia, and the accident occurred on a recent Tuesday night in December. In Illinois, when workers are killed due to their involvement in a workplace accident, their dependents are typically entitled to submit a claim for workers' compensation death benefits.
We are circling back to finish our discussion of safety rules for confined spaces. As we said in our Oct. 10 post, confined spaces are inherently dangerous, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration warns employers to take the appropriate safeguards for their workers. A permit-required space, however, is one that poses a greater risk to the worker, a serious risk of entrapment or incapacitation, injury or death. If a worker cannot leave the space quickly in an emergency, that is a permit space.
In the past two weeks, two warehouse sites in China, both storing chemicals, have exploded. More than 120 people, including 67 firefighters, were killed, and hundreds were injured. While the government investigates the blasts, authorities are also dealing with accusations of corruption and graft. In both cases, it seems, the warehouses violated safety regulations: They were too close to residential areas, in one case too close by half.