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July 2020

Illinois Candy Company Fined $485K for Workplace Injuries

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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

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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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New Indiana State Law Bans Use of Handheld Phone While Driving

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Using a handheld cellphone while driving is now illegal on Indiana roads under a new state law that took effect this week. The move aimed at combating distracted driving went onto the books on July 1 after being approved by the state Legislature this year. Indiana is joining more than 20 other states in prohibiting drivers from holding or using…

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

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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

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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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