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OSHA cites box maker for amputation hazards

U.S. workplace safety regulators have cited an Illinois-based cardboard box manufacturer for exposing employees to unprotected machinery and amputation hazards and have proposed penalties of $66,612. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Packaging Corp. of America for failing to provide written procedures to control the release of hazardous energy, exposing employees to struck-by, caught-in and amputation hazards, and…

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Fishers Police Chief arrested for OWI after injury crash in Indianapolis

The chief of the Fishers Police Department was arrested late Friday evening after he was involved in an accident while driving under the influence. According to a police report, Fishers Police Chief Mitch Thompson was involved in a multiple car accident on Keystone Avenue in Indianapolis just before midnight. The report indicates that Chief Thompson rear-ended a vehicle, causing it…

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DUI Crash Injuries Five People

A crash early Sunday morning resulted in 5 being transported to the hospital with serious to minor injuiries and the driver of one vehicle charged with DUI. Illinois State Police District 5 Troopers responded to a personal injury crash between two vehicles at Route 53 and Manhattan-Monee Road. The initial investigation found the driver of a Chevrolet Colorado pick-up truck…

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Police: Driver in double fatal Tesla crash was intoxicated

The driver of a speeding Tesla electric car that crashed and burned in Indianapolis, killing her and a passenger, was too drunk to drive, according to a police report released Wednesday. The two worked at a company that provides case management software for plaintiff attorneys. The report, which includes toxicology test results, said 27-year-old driver Casey Speckman had a blood-alcohol…

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Woman sues Shop ‘n’ Save over slip, fall

A customer who slipped and fell while shopping for groceries accuses Shop ‘n’ Save of negligence. Melissa Stidimire filed a complaint on July 6 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Supervalu Inc., which owns the Shop ‘n’ Save in Belleville. According to the complaint, Stidimire fell after slipping on an unidentified substance. She claims she suffered serious injuries to…

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Disabled woman blames Heartland Healthcare for leaving her wheelchair unlocked and unattended

Heartland Healthcare of Collinsville, a healthcare service provider, did not properly care for a disabled woman after her doctor appointment, a lawsuit claims. Ana Chatham filed the complaint on July 12 in Madison County Circuit Court against Granite City Clinic Corp., which operates Heartland Healthcare of Collinsville. According to the complaint, Chatham had a pre-existing paralysis and disability and as…

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East St. Louis vehicle crash leads to lawsuit

A crash in East St. Louis has prompted a lawsuit between the parties involved Lekita Casey filed a complaint on June 19 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Latonia McCline. According to the complaint, McCline forcefully struck Casey’s vehicle from behind. The impact caused Casey to be tossed within her vehicle, the complaint states. Casey claim McCline failed to…

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Madison County jury awards passenger damages following Alton collision

A Madison County jury awarded a passenger $12,500 in Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth’s courtroom following a one-day trial involving an Alton collision. After deliberating just 15 minutes, jurors awarded plaintiff Michelle Hedger damages on July 16. Hedger was represented at trial by Eric Terry of TorHoerman Law in Edwardsville. Defendants Alexandra Lagy and Tracy Schaefer were represented by Tyler Beckerle…

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Class action against insurers over interest on work comp payments continues

A federal judge refused to dismiss a class-action lawsuit alleging insurance companies unlawfully withheld interest on payments for services provided through workers’ compensation. U.S. District Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel of the Southern District of Illinois released her ruling on July 2. Dr. Michael Beatty of Edwardsville leads the class action against the various insurance companies, alleging violations of the Illinois…

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