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November 2018

The Workplace is Getting Safer – The Future of Workers’ Compensation

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The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has confirmed the steady decline in accidents and injuries on the job. They have declined for 14 years. This data mirrors the steady decline of workers’ compensation claims and the change of the US workplace from a manufacturing to service. The question remains whether this trend will continue going forward given the elimination of…

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Exposure to chemical food additives caused respiratory injuries, Kane County couple alleges

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A Kane County couple alleges they suffered respiratory injuries as a result of exposure to two chemical food additives. Lazaro Sanchez Jr. and Patricia Bustamante filed a complaint on Oct. 22 in Cook County Circuit Court against DSM Food Specialties USA Inc., Fona International Inc., O’Laughlin Industries Inc. and others alleging strict liability and other counts. According to the complaint,…

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Justices: Proven misuse a defense to product liability claims

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The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld the grant of summary judgment to a tool manufacturer sued after a man lost his eye while using one of the manufacturer’s products, finding the man’s misuse of the tool in question was the cause of his injuries and was a complete defense to his product liability claim. The justices unanimously restored the grant…

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Lower Indiana workers’ compensation rates take effect Jan. 1

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The Indiana Department of Insurance says lower workers’ compensation rates paid by businesses will take effect Jan. 1. The agency said Wednesday the recently approved reduction averages 7.6 percent and will save businesses about $63 million. The agency says Indiana workers’ compensation rates have been on a downward trend for several years because of fewer worker injuries. It says growing…

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Awareness of workplace safety risks faced by women must rise: Experts

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Women in the workplace encounter particular safety risks that need to be addressed, including workplace violence and ill-fitting personal protective equipment, according to safety experts. For example, women in industries such as health care and retail are significantly impacted by workplace violence, according to safety experts participating at the American Society of Safety Professionals’ Women’s Workplace Safety Summit in Rosemont,…

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