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Former Zade Trucking employee allegedly terminated after claiming workers’ compensation

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An East St. Louis man alleges he was fired by a local trucking company after being injured on the job in 2018 and receiving workers’ compensation benefits. Roderick Jones filed suit July 31 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Zade Trucking, alleging violations of the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act. “There is a causal connection between [Jones]’ exercise of his…

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Report: Illinois, other states, reducing number of opioid prescriptions

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A new report found it is becoming less common for workers to be prescribed painkillers after an on-the-job injury in Illinois. The Workers Compensation Research Institute monitors how often workers injured on the job are given prescription opioids in 27 select states. The organization’s new report found the percentage of Illinois workers who received a prescription paid for under workers…

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Roofing Contractor Fined $220,249 for Fall Hazards

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A roofing contractor faces a fine of $220,249 for exposing workers to fall hazards at a commercial building site in a Chicago suburb, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced. Five Star Roofing Systems Inc., based in Hartford City, Indiana, was cited for willful, repeated and serious safety violations that include failing to provide fall protection, improper use of warning…

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Independent workers account for more deaths from slips, falls

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Fatalities among independent workers accounted for about 12% of all workplace deaths in 2016-2017, and independent workers have a disproportionately higher share of fatalities due to falls, slips and trips, according to report released from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday. injuries among independent workers dropped slightly between 2016 and 2017, reported the BLS, with 662 total fatal…

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Postmates to offer benefits to gig workers

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Postmates Inc. will offer occupational accident insurance benefits this fall to fleet members, the company announced Tuesday. The San Francisco-based company, which uses gig economy workers to deliver food, groceries, alcohol and more to individuals via an app, has about 350,000 independently contracted drivers. Drivers will be able to access a company portal for insurance information, and as of Oct….

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Bosses who bully undercut workplace safety, raise comp costs

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Bosses who exhibit bullying behaviors can adversely impact the safety of their workplaces because bullied employees and their colleagues are less likely to engage in safe work practices, experts say. Failing to address bullying behaviors can affect a company’s bottom line through absenteeism, lower productivity and increased workers compensation costs, experts say. In early August, researchers from Portland State University…

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Woman’s Lawsuit Says She Was Fired Over Comp Claim

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A former employee of an Illinois automobile dealership has filed a lawsuit alleging she was fired after she considered filing a workers’ compensation claim for carpel tunnel syndrome. Chelsea Marinacci contends she was fired after telling her superiors at Tri Ford in Highland, Illinois, about her diagnosis and that she may have to file for benefits, according to an Illinois…

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Injured workers more likely to die from suicide, drug overdose: Study

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Occupational injuries have been linked to a higher occurrence of drug-related deaths and suicide, according to data posted Thursday by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The study, published in July’s American Journal of Industrial Medicine, examined New Mexico’s workers compensation data for 100,806 workers injured from 1994 to 2000 and Social Security Administration earnings and mortality data…

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Lakeside Roofing worker alleges he was fired due to national origin, disability

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An employee of a roofing company alleges he was terminated from the job for requesting workers’ compensation benefits, alleging discrimination because of his disability and because he is of Mexican origin. Homero Serrano-Cardenas filed suit in Madison County Circuit Court against his former employer, Collinsville-based Lakeside Roofing, accusing the company of violating rules around workers’ compensation as well as provisions…

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Injured workers using opioids may struggle to find willing doctors

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Individuals using opioids have difficulty finding a physician willing to take them on as a patient, and workers comp patients likely face similar barriers to care, experts say. A University of Michigan study released in mid-July found that 40% of individuals taking an opioid for chronic pain were rejected as potential patients in group health. Opioid-using patients in the workers…

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