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Lack of Guardrails Accidents

Falls are a serious threat to construction workers on the job. Many of these serious and deadly accidents can be prevented by simple means, such as the use of personal protective equipment and the installation of guardrails or barricades in areas where falls are most likely to occur, such as at dangerous heights or raised surfaces. However, when these protective measures are not in......

Floor Collapse Accidents

Construction accidents often occur because contractors are attempting to meet deadlines or cut corners to keep costs down. Unfortunately, when a contractor uses poor materials, ignores required safety procedures, or skips important steps, construction workers can be seriously injured or killed.  Ensuring that floors are stable, properly supported, and fit to ......

Demolition Project Accidents

Areas that have become rundown and dilapidated often need to be cleared to prepare for new development or to improve safety in the area. Demolition, while often controlled, can be extremely dangerous for both construction workers and bystanders in the area, putting them at-risk for serious injuries and death.  If you have been injured in a demolition project ......

Can OSHA shut down a business?

Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), conducts approximately 40,000 inspections. It is a common misconception that OSHA has the authority to shut down a business. In fact, only a court order can completely shut down a business and that typically only occurs in extreme situations.  However, in the event that an OSHA inspector det......

Injuries from SUV rollover accidents

A rollover accident usually occurs when a vehicle takes a sharp turn at a fast speed and flips on its side or on its head. They may also be from intoxication or distracted driving. Rollover accidents are some of the most frightening and dangerous accidents. If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, contact Agruss Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation so we can help you reco......

Can I report my job to OSHA

Under federal and state laws, employers are required to provide their employees with a safe work environment. If working conditions are unsafe, a worker may report the violation to their employer, to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), or in some cases they may also refuse to work.  The federal OSH Act allows employees to file complaints......

Why is OSHA important?

Each year, more than 2.9 million people suffer non-fatal injuries and more than 4,500 die due to workplace accidents. Since the inception of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 1971, these workplace accidents have dropped by 42% and fatalities have dropped by 62%. OSHA has become synonymous with enforcing workplace laws and regulations rega......

Who must follow OSHA?

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), employers are required to provide a hazard-free work environment for their employees through a comprehensive set of standards. In 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created to uphold these standards in all 50 states.  Most private sector employees are covered by OS......

Injured child

The worst case scenario in a car accident is that your own children in the vehicle get severely injured in the accident. You may feel helpless, but after seeking medical attention, they can recover and we can help you get justice for this trauma. In addition to your medical bills. If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, contact Agruss Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation......

Injured passenger

We all know the risks of injury when people get behind the wheel of a car. However, passengers can get equally, if not more, hurt in an accident. These injured passengers can also be compensated for their injuries and this traumatic experience. If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, contact Agruss Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation so we can help you recover from this......

Types of car accidents

According to the National Safety Council, the United States has experienced its third straight year of at least 40,000 roadway deaths. This is an extremely alarming statistic and troubles many people each day that they get out on the roads. Some of these accidents are preventable, though, and can be further prevented with proper safety measures. Unfortunately, accidents still happe......

Hot Air Balloon Accident

While many people envision a hot air balloon ride as a fun or romantic and beautiful experience, they are almost inherently dangerous vehicles. They have a heated atmosphere in the balloon, a basket in which the passengers stand, and an open fire to control the hot air balloon’s altitude. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, between 1964 and 2014, they repor......

Pilot error accident

Pilot error is generally referred to as an aircraft’s pilot acting or making a decision that is deemed negligent, risky, or dangerous, and thus causing a crash. If you or a loved one was injured in a helicopter accident, contact us for a free consultation to see if you may be entitled to compensation. What kinds of accidents and injuries can occur?...

Helicopter accident

Helicopter accidents are some of the most dangerous aviation accidents. Their small size makes them more easily manipulated by the wind and thus can be more easily taken down. If you or a loved one was injured in a helicopter accident, contact us for a free consultation to see if you may be entitled to compensation. What kinds of accidents and injuries ca......

JPL Management Solutions

Debt collectors like JPL Management Solutions cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If JPL Management Solutions violated the law, you will get money damages and they will pay your attorney’......

What are the top 10 OSHA violations?

For nine consecutive years, “Fall Protection-General Requirements” was the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) most frequently cited violation in the workplace. OSHA prepares this list as a guide for businesses to review their safety practices and procedures and for employees to commit to the safety of themselves and their coworkers.  ......

Alliant Capital Management

Debt collectors like Alliant Capital Management cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Alliant Capital Management violated the law, you will get money damages and they will pay your attorney&rs......

Why do we need OSHA?

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), was established in 1970 to ensure that American employees were provided with a safe work environment. In 1971, the federal agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created to enforce the OSH Act and they are charged with the tasks of making sure that businesses provide a safe workplace that is free from recog......

Why do we need OSHA?

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), was established in 1970 to ensure that American employees were provided with a safe work environment. In 1971, the federal agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created to enforce the OSH Act and they are charged with the tasks of making sure that businesses provide a safe workplace that is free from recog......

Accelerated Receivables Management Solutions

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Credit Service International

Debt collectors like Credit Service International cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Credit Service International violated the law, you will get money damages and they will pay your attorne......

American Recovery Systems, Inc.

Debt collectors like American Recovery Systems, Inc. cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If American Recovery Systems, Inc. violated the law, you will get money damages and they will pay your a......

Accelerating Receivables Management, Inc.

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Accounting Business Solutions, Inc.

Debt collectors like Accounting Business Solutions, Inc. cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Accounting Business Solutions, Inc. violated the law, you will get money damages and they will pa......

MG Credit

Debt collectors like MG Credit cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If MG Credit violated the law, you will get money damages and they will pay your attorney’s fees and costs. You won&rsqu......

Logistical Recovery Systems

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American Legal Recovery

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Trench Collapse Accidents

Construction work often requires excavation to lay down foundations, place or repair piping, and work on mechanics and wire below the ground's surface. When safeguards are not used while digging and working within a trench, accidents can occur. Trench collapses are among the deadliest of construction accidents, often pinning, crushing, and burying workers alive in the trench with f......

Money Matters Professional Collections, LLC

Debt collectors like Money Matters Professional Collections, LLC cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Money Matters Professional Collections, LLC violated the law, you will get money damages ......

Roof Collapse Accidents

Construction workers face many dangers on every job site, with one out of ten construction workers facing a serious injury on the job according to the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety. Few of these accidents can be more frightening than a roof collapse. A roof or ceiling can collapse for any number of reasons, including structural failure and failure to follow p......

What is OSHA and what does it mean?

OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is an agency of the United States Department of Labor. OSHA was established under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which President Nixon signed into law in 1970. OSHA’s mission is to "assure safe and healthy working......

What damages can I recover in a construction accident case?

Following a construction accident, it is common to have questions as to what damages you could receive compensation for. As the specifics of each case will be unique, so will be the compensation you may be entitled to. An experienced personal injury lawyer can review your case and determine what you could expect, however in construction accident cases, vi......

What are Common Construction Accident Injuries?

Construction sites are dangerous places and construction work is a very physically demanding occupation. Construction workers are often required to climb heights or work in trenches, use powerful machinery, work on unsteady flooring, and they are often exposed to dangerous conditions, materials, and chemicals. Because of the inherent nature of the work, c......

What are the time limits on construction accident cases?

In the state of Illinois, the statute of limitations on recovery in a personal injury construction accident case is two (2) years from the date of the injury and five (5) years for property damages cases. Unfortunately, many victims fail to seek legal counsel in a timely manner and thus ruin their chances of receiving compensation for their injuries and d......

Shoring Accidents

Shoring is used in construction to temporarily support unstable walls. This could be used when a worker is in a trench, when there are issues with walls that need to be adjusted, foundation problems, or when new openings are being created in a wall. When workers do not abide by the safety regulations put into place by the Occupational Safety and Health Ad......

Falls on Work Sites

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls on work sites are one of the most common accidents that cause severe injuries and each year, one-third of all deaths on work sites can be attributed to falls.  If you have been injured in a fall on a worksi......

Scaffolding Accidents

Construction work is dangerous, especially when that work is done off of the ground at high levels and on unsteady footing. Scaffolding is an important tool in many aspects of construction work, but unfortunately, these elevated structures are not without risk of serious, and sometimes deadly, injuries.  ...

Forklift Accidents

Forklifts, also known as lift trucks, are most commonly used in warehouses, factories, and construction sites as a way to easily load and transport heavy materials. Forklift drivers are required to receive proper training to ensure that they are not only safe but that they keep others around them safe as well. Unfortunately, when drivers do not receive th......

Wood Chipper Accidents

Wood chippers are powerful tools used by landscapers and cleanup crews to quickly and efficiently break down and remove brush, trees, bushes, and other yard debris. Unfortunately, wood chippers are also capable of causing serious and devastating injuries.  If you have been injured i......

Lathe Accidents

A lathe is a tool that rotates and shapes a piece that is being worked on, which could be wood, metal, or another material, by turning the material against changeable cutting tools. Typically, lathes are equipped with an array of safety features to protect workers, however when these safety devices fail or are installed improperly, accidents can occur.&nb......

Grinder Accidents

Grinders, also known as angle grinders, side grinders, or disc grinders, are a powerful tool used to abrasive cutting, smoothing, and polishing a wide variety of materials and are commonly seen in machine shops and construction sites. While there is an expectation that these tools will work as designed and the safety features will keep operators and bystanders f......

Grinder Accidents

Grinders, also known as angle grinders, side grinders, or disc grinders, are a powerful tool used to abrasive cutting, smoothing, and polishing a wide variety of materials and are commonly seen in machine shops and construction sites. While there is an expectation that these tools will work as designed and the safety features will keep operators and bysta......

Concrete Saw Accidents

A concrete saw is a power tool used to cut concrete, masonry, brick, asphalt, tile, and other solid materials and comes in a variety of sizes, from hand-held to walk-behind models, and they may be powered by gasoline, an electric motor, or hydraulic/pneumatic pressure. By their nature, concrete saws can be extremely dangerous, especially when they are use......

Cherry Picker and Bucket Truck Accidents

It is estimated that 25,000 painters, construction workers, and utility workers use cherry pickers and bucket trucks every year. While these pieces of equipment are necessary and helpful, they also put workers at risk for serious injuries and death due to falls, electrocution, collapses, and tip-overs, especially when proper safety protocol is not adhered......

Crane Accidents

Cranes are used in multiple construction projects, from road work and bridge projects to building high-rises. While this piece of equipment is invaluable in the world of construction, it also poses a significant risk for serious injuries or death when not used properly or proper safety precautions are not followed.  ......

Hang-gliding accident

Hang-gliding is one of the most dangerous sports that people take part in. According to the National Transportation Safety Bureau, in 2010 there were 32 accidents, resulting in seven fatalities. The very nature of the accident, given that it takes place at high elevations, is what makes it so risky. If you or a loved one has been in a hang-gliding acciden......

Hang-gliding accident

Hang-gliding is one of the most dangerous sports that people take part in. According to the National Transportation Safety Bureau, in 2010 there were 32 accidents, resulting in seven fatalities. The very nature of the accident, given that it takes place at high elevations, is what makes it so risky. If you or a loved one has been in a hang-gliding accident, cont......

Confined Spaces

Confined spaces within farms can be quite dangerous, especially when the risks are not readily apparent. Enclosed and partly-enclosed structures such as tanks, silos, vats, wells, and manure pits can contain toxic gases and vapors which, combined with dust and a relative lack of oxygen, can prove to be deadly. ...

Confined Spaces

Confined spaces within farms can be quite dangerous, especially when the risks are not readily apparent. Enclosed and partly-enclosed structures such as tanks, silos, vats, wells, and manure pits can contain toxic gases and vapors which, combined with dust and a relative lack of oxygen, can prove to be deadly. ...

Youth in Agriculture

Each year, over 2 million farm/agricultural workers under 20 years old are exposed to health and safety hazards in the workplace and, unfortunately, some suffer injuries or even lose their lives. As is the case with all farmworkers, employers are legally responsible for ensuring a reasonably-safe working environment with any safety hazards mitigated to th......

Youth in Agriculture

Each year, over 2 million farm/agricultural workers under 20 years old are exposed to health and safety hazards in the workplace and, unfortunately, some suffer injuries or even lose their lives. As is the case with all farmworkers, employers are legally responsible for ensuring a reasonably-safe working environment with any safety hazards mitigated to the best ......

Vehicle Hazards

Here are some recommendations for vehicle safety from the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): Do not allow passengers in the vehicle, when possible. Always turn off vehicles during refueling. ...

Unsanitary Conditions

A lack of usable water can be especially detrimental to farm/agriculture workers, whether in the form of drinking water or handwashing/sanitation facilities. Common risks may include agrichemical poisoning from a lack of handwashing facilities; heat exhaustion or stroke due to lack of water-intake; urinary tract infections (UTIs) caused by urinary retention due ......

Respiratory Distress

Many agricultural workers are at risk of respiratory distress caused by barns, silos, manure pits, and machinery due to air contaminants which range from acute to chronic; many common contaminants are "bioaerosols" which include chemical toxicants, endotoxins, microorganisms, and organic dusts which originate from the breaking-down of grain/animal waste. ...

Pesticides and Other Chemicals

Pesticide exposure can create both short- and long-term risks of illness for farm/agricultural workers, especially pesticide-handlers when working with defective or inadequate protective equipment. Pesticides can also be harmful to applicators, harvesters, and even rural residents via air, food, and groundwater. ...

Noise

Every year, thousands of people face preventable risks of hearing loss due to excessive noise in the workplace, and especially farm/agricultural workers, who are among the most at-risk groups of employees. Noise-induced hearing loss does not discriminate by age, either, and even younger workers can suffer from permanent effects. ...

Musculoskeletal Injuries

Crop and animal production in agriculture commonly require repetitive motions in sometimes-uncomfortable positions, and the physical effects of this work can sometimes manifest in musculoskeletal injuries. These injuries can result from frequent or heavy pushing, pulling, lifting, or carrying heavy object......

Ladders and Falls

Employers are responsible for ensuring safety in the workplace, and this includes farms and other agricultural spaces. Proper ladder use is essential to mitigate the risks of falls, the results of which increase in severity as the worker moves higher from the ground. In some cases, an on-the-job fall may have resulted directly from an employer’s neg......

Heat

Heat-related illnesses affect thousands of people every year, and unfortunately, some lose their lives. Farmworkers are especially prone to heat illnesses due to the nature of their position, which often includes manual labor and bulky clothing and equipment. Here are some safet......

Hazardous Equipment and Machinery

Farmworkers use a wide range of equipment, from ladders and machinery to cutting tools such as hoes, knives, and sickles. Safety precautions are essential when working with these tools because improper use, as well as lack of maintenance, can create risks of severe injury or even death. ...

Grain Bins and Silos

Some farmers and agricultural workers who work with grain bins and/or silos can be exposed to safety risks such as engulfment, suffocation, explosions, and exposure to grain dust. Workers who are clearing grain in bins or walking on moving grain are at risk of being buried by the grain (engulfment), which can happen in seconds; some vertical piles of grain are a......

Animal-Acquired Infections and Related Hazards

Farmers and other agricultural workers typically work with animals and, as a result, can be exposed to diseases transmitted to humans by animals; these are called “zoonotic diseases” or “zoonoses” and are usually caused by bacteria, fungi, parasites, or viruses. Direct contact with these animals or their ......

Bank-Fund Staff Federal Credit Union

Creditors like Bank-Fund Staff Federal Credit Union cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Bank-Fund Staff Federal Credit Union violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Bank-Fund Staff Fed......

Bankers' Bank of Kansas

Creditors like Bankers' Bank of Kansas cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Bankers' Bank of Kansas violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Bankers' Bank of Kansas will pay our fees and......

Bank of the West

Creditors like Bank of the West cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Bank of the West violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Bank of the West will pay our fees and costs. You won&rsquo......

Bank of Stockton

Creditors like Bank of Stockton cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Bank of Stockton violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Bank of Stockton will pay our fees and costs. You won&rsquo......

Bank of Eastman and Magnolia State Bank

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People's Bank of Commerce

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BancorpSouth

Creditors like BancorpSouth cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If BancorpSouth violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and BancorpSouth will pay our fees and costs......

Banco Santander de Puerto Rico

Creditors like Banco Santander de Puerto Rico cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Banco Santander de Puerto Rico violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Banco Santander de Puerto Rico ......

Banco Popular de Puerto Rico

Creditors like Banco Popular de Puerto Rico cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS If Banco Popular de Puerto Rico violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Banco Popular de Puerto Rico will pay our f......

Avadian Credit Union

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Augusta Metro Federal Credit Union

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Auburn University Federal Credit Union

Creditors like Auburn University Federal Credit Union cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Auburn University Federal Credit Union violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Auburn Universi......

Snowblower Accidents

Illinois winters can be brutal and often require the use of a snowblower, especially when you need to quickly and efficiently “dig out” after a large snowfall. While they are extremely useful, snowblowers do not come without risk and they can cause serious injuries, especially when they are used improperly, they have a manufacturing defect, or......