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Workers being temps doesn't make them disposable

Most employers in Illinois have an obligation to make sure their workers are as safe on the job as they possibly can be. When they come up short in that regard, workers' compensation is the insurance protection that is intended to make sure that an injured worker gets necessary care.

That coverage isn't just for emergency care at the moment of the incident, but all the treatment and therapeutic help that may be required to assist the worker in making as full a recovery as possible.

There's nothing accidental about farm injury prevention

A lot of big city people really don't get it. As they tool around in rapid transit, Uber or Lyft rides, they fail to understand that agriculture and related industries are one of the biggest contributors to the nation's gross domestic product.

When we talk agriculture we mean more than just farming. Experts also count food manufacturing, forestry, fishing, and restaurants among the related industries. Within farming you have production of both crops and animals. Not surprisingly, processes can involve a lot of power tools, chemicals and heavy machines. Each poses risks of workplace injuries.

Is ending anonymous calls on nursing home complaints a good idea?

If there is a clear growth industry in Illinois and the rest of the country right now it is the one serving senior living. Demand for facilities catering to the potential living and healthcare needs of the senior population for the final 20, 30, or more, years of life is only going to increase as the elder demographic of the country rises.

Where such opportunity exists there is always an attraction for opportunists -- those who seek to make a quick buck without caring too much about the long term. Residents, who may become seen as little more than products, can encourage operators to allow negligence in care. What matters is maximizing profit.

Fog and speed play factor in truck accident

Two trucks were involved in a crash in Galesburg, Illinois recently, and the police will cite one of the drivers for being reckless and dangerous. The accident occurred on Interstate 74 during the night. It was foggy out, and according to a meteorologist, visibility was down to a quarter-mile. One of the trucks was driving "too fast for conditions" and the police are expected to cite the driver for that offense.

Amazingly, there are few other details available about the wreck in the source article. We don't know if either truck driver was injured, but it appears from the photos that the trucks crashed head on. The devastation of the scene is clear from those photos.

When you're in a car accident, take it one step at a time

In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, any central Illinois resident would be rattled. Even if the wreck is minor in nature, the very fact that you were involved in a crash can be a scary and traumatizing moment. As a result, it is understandable for people to not know what to do in the moments that immediately follow a collision between two vehicles.

When you are involved in a crash, the two most important things you can do are stay at the scene of the crash and remain calm. Many people are upset and emotionally distraught after a crash, leading them to angrily lash out against other people who were involved in the accident. Others still try to flee the scene of an accident, which is a criminal offense. Don't do either of these things. Stay calm and stay at the scene.

Marijuana could prove 1 point of agreement in Springfield

The Illinois legislature, controlled by the Democrats, is still in a tug of war with the governor over the state's budget. But there is apparent agreement forming around another significant issue -- the easing of criminal penalties for possession and use of marijuana.

According to word out of Springfield, the Senate recently approved a measure that would make possession of smaller amounts of marijuana a fine-worthy, rather than a jail-worthy offense. The legislation would also ease the current zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of marijuana. The bill, which reportedly has the Republican governor on the fence, now goes to the House for action.

Is it time to think twice about Volvo's rep for safety?

Volvo cars didn't used to be all that great looking. The feature that made the Swedish-made vehicles stand apart from the rest of the pack was safety. Some Illinois readers may remember company marketing material from a few years ago that declared, "They're boxy, but they're good." The message was that it was better to be safe than sexy.

Boxy might be one way to describe Volvo's big rig tractor trucks, too. But as has become rather apparent from recent news headlines, the lack of sex appeal hasn't necessarily been offset by better safety. Thousands of recent model tractors are now banned from the road by federal regulators.

How many sleep-deprived truckers cruise central Illinois?

It is estimated that about 25 million American adults have obstructive sleep apnea. Somehow it seems fair to wonder if maybe that estimate isn't a little on the low side. Consider that experts say that one of the hallmarks of OSA is that the person with it snores to beat the band, followed by stopped breathing and then gasps.

Truth be told, the condition is so common that most of us in Illinois probably know someone with it or might be enduring it ourselves. What's most disturbing, though, is that the it's so common that it is easily to dismiss as normal.

If you suffer from RSI seek treatment sooner, not later

Repetitive stress injuries are among the most common in the work setting. They may also be among the most commonly ignored from the standpoint of getting treatment. It's very easy for an Illinois resident with a solid work ethic to put off getting the necessary help they need.

These kinds of injuries certainly qualify as covered by workers' compensation insurance. Unfortunately, what happens too often is that a claim is made long after the first symptoms show themselves. And when it is presented, the claim is denied as being the result of some sort of preexisting condition unrelated to the job.

As rural landscapes urbanize livestock accident risks rise

People who live in big cities have little concept of the kinds of animal life that may be encountered outside their urban environs. This may be true even for a lot of folks in central Illinois centers like Springfield, Champaign and Decatur.

Go even just a few miles beyond the limits of such cities and you might be surprised what you come across. Anyone who has driven the interstate system surely has seen the carcasses of deer, raccoons and skunks. Fewer may anticipate the possibility of having a run-in with horse, cow, sheep or pig. But they have been known to occur and the result can be a possibly deadly farm accident.

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