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Glass company denies liability in suit alleging glass door closed on woman, breaking her femur

St. Jacob Glass denies liability in a woman’s suit alleging she broke her femur when a sliding glass door closed on her as she exited Mid-America St. Louis Airport. Donna Cox filed her complaint on March 25 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against St. Clair County, St. Clair County Public Building Commission, doing business as Mid-America St. Louis Airport,…

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Illinois Candy Company Fined $485K for Workplace Injuries

A Chicago-area candy company has been fined nearly $500,000 for workplace injuries, including a fingertip amputation, federal regulators said. The incidents occurred at Ferrara Candy in Bellwood, Ill. An employee lost a fingertip in January. Another worker was caught in a machine in March. “Proper safety procedures, including machine guarding and the effective lockout of all sources of energy, could…

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Contractor Failed to Obtain Comp Insurance on Worker Who Fell to His Death

The family of a construction worker in Chicago has filed a negligence lawsuit against a contractor after the worker fell two stories to his death last fall. The company, Destiny Builders, did not carry workers’ compensation insurance on its employees and did not provide safety harnesses and railings at a church construction project, according to the lawsuit by the family…

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Workers comp could see 20% drop in new injury claims: Survey

The workers compensation system could see a 20% decrease in new injury claims this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey released Monday by Skaneateles, New York-based Health Strategy Associates LLC. In late May, the consultancy asked 35 workers compensation professionals representing large state funds and insurers, third-party administrators, and large self-insured and self-administered employers about their…

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Insurer not required to pay any of judgment against recycler

In a ruling that follows more than 10 years of litigation between a wood recycling plant and its neighbors, a federal appeals court affirmed a lower court and held an insurer is not obligated to provide coverage to the plant’s owner because of policy exclusions. Neighbors in Elkhart, Indiana, had charged that VIM Recycling Inc.’s waste disposal practices exposed them…

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Overexertion, falls remain top workplace injuries

Overexertion, falls and struck-by hazards are among the costliest workplace injuries, according to Liberty Mutual Holding Co. Inc.’s 2020 workplace safety index released Tuesday. Overexertion and falls from the same level have consistently been the top two causes of injuries, said the Boston-based insurer. And while the overall number of serious workplace injuries has decreased over the past 20 years,…

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