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December 2020

WCRI Studies Show COVID-19 Orders Apply to Small Segment of Workforce

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While at least 17 states have passed laws or issued orders that expanded access to workers’ compensation benefits for employees who contract COVID-19, many of those directives are creating new exposure for only a sliver of the workforce, new research by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute shows. WRCI studied policies adopted by Alaska, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota and Missouri in…

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Migrant Farm Workers from Texas Allege Pesticide Exposure in Illinois

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More than two dozen migrant workers from Texas allege they were sprayed with toxic pesticides while working in Illinois cornfields, according to a federal lawsuit. The workers, including teenagers, senior citizens and a pregnant woman, claim they were sprayed by a helicopter and plane treating fields in July and August 2019, despite wearing neon orange hats and backpacks. The 27…

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Man alleges ladder broke, caused fall at Chicago food processing plant

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A man claims he was injured when he fell to the ground after a dock ladder broke at a food processing facility in Chicago. Jeff Schneider filed a complaint Nov. 24 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Ebro Foods Inc., alleging negligence. According to his suit, Schneider was employed as a refuse collector for Waste Management. He alleges he…

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Man unloading tanker truck allegedly shocked at waste dump

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A waste water treatment operation is accused of locating its dumping site near high voltage power lines after a man was shocked while unloading a tanker truck. Jon Orelt filed a complaint Nov. 18 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Ameren Illinois Company and Sauget Sanitary Development & Research Association, doing business as American Bottoms, alleging negligence. According…

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Employees covered by comp for COVID-19 varies by state

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The number of employees who may be covered by the various state laws and executive orders providing some level of compensability for workers who acquire COVID-19 on the job varies substantially based on workforce and the nature of the order, researchers from the Workers Compensation Research Institute found in a study released Tuesday. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based WCRI used data from…

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Suit alleges truck overturned, caused collision due to overweight load, speeding

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A truck driver is accused of driving with an overweight load and speeding, allegedly causing the truck to overturn and cause a collision. Michael Schroeder filed a complaint Nov. 18 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Bonanza Gold Trucking Inc., and John Patton, alleging negligence. Schroeder states in his complaint that he was driving a truck and hauling a…

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