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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 accident, cont......

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......

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......

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. When the......

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

Creditors like Bank of Eastman and Magnolia State Bank 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 Eastman and Magnolia State Bank violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Bank of Eastm......

People's Bank of Commerce

Creditors like People's Bank of Commerce 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 People's Bank of Commerce violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and People's Bank of Commerce will pay our fe......

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 ou......

Avadian Credit Union

Creditors like Avadian 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 Avadian Credit Union violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Avadian Credit Union will pay our fees and costs. Y......

Augusta Metro Federal Credit Union

Creditors like Augusta Metro 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 Augusta Metro Federal Credit Union violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Augusta Metro Federal C......

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......

Sander Accidents

Belt sanders are powerful and aggressive tools designed to strip wood or metal as quickly as possible. Sometimes sanders are a portable unit that can be moved across the surface of the wood or they can be mounted and used as a bench sander. Whether a worker is using a stationary or hand-held unit, they are likely to be exposed to large amounts of debris a......

Punch Press Accidents

Punch presses are machines used to mold metal with an extreme amount of force and are typically used in the manufacturing process for vehicles and large machinery. The power needed to form these metals makes punch presses capable of seriously injuring those workers using them.  If y......

Drill Press Accidents

A drill press is a large tool used mainly in woodworking to drill holes into objects quickly and easily. While handheld tools can accomplish the same goal, drill presses are often more accurate, especially during mass production of a product. Unfortunately, drill presses are not without risk and accidents can result in serious and deadly injuries. ...

Air Compressor Accidents

Air compressors are an important part of the construction industry, powering many of the tools and other devices that construction workers use every day. While air compressors are a necessity, they can also be dangerous, especially when they are defective, or workers are unaware of how to properly use them. ...

Chain Saw Accident

We often take for granted the genuine danger that a chain saw can present, especially when they are so often seen in horror movies and video games. However, chain saws can be an extremely dangerous piece of equipment in the hands of someone who is not properly trained in their usage or the proper protocols to keep the user and any bystanders safe. Many of......

Table Saw Accidents

Table saws, also known as bench saws, is typically a woodworking tool consisting of a circular blade that protrudes from the top of the table and is powered by an electric motor. While a table saw is designed to cut through wood, sheet plastic, aluminum, and brass with ease, it can be dangerous and deadly to the human body, with thousands of people losing......

Table Saw Accidents

Table saws, also known as bench saws, is typically a woodworking tool consisting of a circular blade that protrudes from the top of the table and is powered by an electric motor. While a table saw is designed to cut through wood, sheet plastic, aluminum, and brass with ease, it can be dangerous and deadly to the human body, with thousands of people losing digits......

Go kart accident

Go-karts are a great recreational activity for racing your friends through a fun course. These vehicles can go around 30 miles per hour - fairly fast considering how small and unprotected the go-kart is and the enclosed space that it is used in. Unfortunately, these can end in some harsh accidents. If you or a loved one has been in a go-kart accident, con......

Garbage truck accident

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 107 garbage truck-related fatalities and over 1400 injuries occurred in 2017. We may not see garbage trucks as a threat, however, they clearly pose a notable risk to others. If you or a loved one has been in a garbage truck accident, contact us for a free consultation to see if you may be entit......

Fire truck accidents

Fire trucks are certainly a great service to local communities nationwide by saving people’s lives every day. But there are some risks that this type of vehicle poses to the rest of the public. If you or a loved one has been in a fire truck accident, contact us for a free consultation to see if you may be entitled to compensation. ...

Excavator accident

Construction sites often use excavators to move heavy objects, digging, and trenching. They consist of a boom, dipper, bucket, and cab which all attach to the base which rotates, sitting on two tracks to move around. These massive instruments can help in construction, but can also cause serious injury or death if people are not careful. If you or a loved ......

Electric car accident

Electric cars are growing in popularity as time passes. We have gotten the technology to be able to use cars without gasoline or oil, as these cars run purely on an electrical battery. While they certainly have their upsides, such as being more environmentally friendly and quieter, their battery has caused injuries to people in the past in various ways. I......

Dump truck accident

Dump trucks are extremely large vehicles that transport loose materials like sand, gravel, or coal for construction. They can hold up to 26 tons and use a tilting body to dump their load at its site. This extremely heavy load can pose many risks to its drivers and surrounding people and objects. If you or a loved one was injured in a dump truck accident, ......

Double-decker bus accidents

Double-decker buses are two-story buses used to transport many people for recreation or functional reasons. Buses are a relatively safe mode of transportation, however, accidents still occur due to negligence. If you or a loved one was injured in a double-decker accident, contact us for a free consultation to see if you may be entitled to compensation....

Crane accident

On a large-scale construction site, companies often utilize cranes, which hoist heavy materials with wire chains and ropes to move them from place to place. These are massive vehicles and can easily be fatal if a person gets into any type of accident with one. If you or a loved one was injured in a crane accident, contact us for a free consultation to see......

Agritourism

"Agritourism" refers to allowing visitors - "tourists," in a sense - to visit a farm and learn about its history and current operations. It can be a great way to increase income for a farm, but the farm's operators must also remain aware of the added risks and responsibilities and how to mitigate or remove all safety hazards for visitors. ...

Fire Prevention

Fire risks are typically higher in rural and agricultural areas, combined with the setback of the typically-long distance between the farm and the first-responders to a fire. As such, fire prevention is an essential component of farm safety that should never be overlooked. ...

Hearing Protection

Proper hearing protection is an essential part of the job for many farmers and other agricultural workers who operate equipment such as augers, combines, and dryers, as we all know that hearing loss can become permanent and irreversible. Here are some helpful safety qu......

Manure Application

Manure application is an important part of the production of crops due to its plentiful macro- and micro-nutrients, such as nitrogen, zinc, iron, and manganese, and its ability to improve soil structure and water-holding capacity with organic matter. As with the use of other farming equipment, safety and proper precautions are of the utmost importance whe......

Skid Steer Safety

Skid steers are common on farms and often quite important; however, with a changing center of balance, blind-spots, and moving buckets, these machines must be operated with great caution and all bystanders should be aware of the risks of entrapment, pinch points, and runovers. ...

Sharp Object Safety

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers are especially prone to “needlestick injuries” on the job. While these injuries seem minor, some can be life-threatening and great care must be taken in the handling, storage, and disposal of needles and other sharp objects to prevent these injuries. ...

Safe Digging

Before beginning any digging project in Illinois, regardless of its size or depth, you must first call 811 for a consultation to avoid striking an underground utility. It’s the law. Here are some helpful safety questions for farmworkers to keep in mind:...

Hay and Silage Harvest

During the warmer months, hay and silage are harvested and moved in large quantities which can pose some safety hazards for farmworkers, ranging from long workdays and multiple moving parts to dust and roadway hazards. Here are some helpful safety questions for farmwor......

Whole Body Vibrations

Whole body vibration (WBV) is a physical phenomenon that is common among farmworkers and involves the transmission of the shaking motion of a vehicle or other farming equipment to the worker. WBV has been linked to a number of debilitating health effects, such as lower back problems, muscle cramps, increased blood pressure and heart rate, and impaired per......

Cement truck accident

Cement trucks are used to carry large quantities of cement from place to place, containing a mixing drum that moves the cement around to keep it wet. A fully loaded truck can weigh upwards of 30 tons due to the heavy liquid cement that it holds. Given such a heavyweight and materials, there is always the chance that it can cause injury to others in an accident. ......

Bulldozer accident

Bulldozers are massive vehicles used in construction sites to move materials around the site. According to the Bureau of Labor, 18.4% of construction site related fatalities were due to bulldozers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bulldozer accident, contact us for a free consultation to see if you may be entitled to compensation. ...

Brush truck accident

Brush trucks, also known as wildfire trucks, are used to control fires and come to a scene of a fire. Although they do plenty of good, they also hold the potential to cause an accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a brush truck accident, contact us for a free consultation to see if you may be entitled to compensation. ...

Asphalt Finisher Accident

An asphalt finisher truck, also known as a paver, is used by construction companies when they lay asphalt on a road. They can weigh up to 20 tons due to the heavy liquid asphalt that it holds. Given such a heavyweight and materials, there is always the chance that it can cause injury to others in an accident. If you or a loved one was injured in an asphal......

Armored truck accident

Armored trucks are trucks designed in a specific way to transport valuables such as money or jewelry. Due to their specific design, they can be much heavier than another truck of that size - up to 55,000 pounds, in fact. This can make for higher susceptibility to an accident. If you or a loved one was injured in an armored truck accident, contact us for a......

Hoverboard accident

One type of transportation that is growing in popularity is the hoverboard. A hoverboard is a type of motorized scooter without any handlebar. Users steer them with their own balance and place their feet on the designated spaces to move it forwards or backwards by leaning on way. Though fun and interesting, this new type of technology with little manual h......

Electric scooter accident

Scooters are becoming a more and more popular form of transportation with companies like Bird and Lime making scooter transportation available to anyone. People “unlock” the scooter on an app to activate it, head to their destination, and “lock” the scooter on the app when they are done, leaving the scooter there. However, scooter ......

Scooter accident

Scooters are a type of vehicle powered by your own human energy that can be used to for recreation or traveling typically short distances. Though they can be a quick and fun way to move around, they are still fairly risky. If you or a loved one has been in a scooter accident, contact us for a free consultation to see if you may be entitled to compensation......

Motor home accident

Motor homes, also commonly referred to as recreational vehicles (RV), can be a great option for some people planning a camping trip. They are large and provide a living space that can be used as an indoor getaway when not camping outside. However, this large size can pose some problems on the road that can result in an accident. If you or a loved one has ......

School bus accident

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, around 134 people die in school-vehicle-related crashes every year. Losing lives is devastating on its own; but when you know that children are a part of the accident and can be seriously hurt or even die as well, it is imperative to ensure their safety. ......

Mandatory safety equipment

Any motor vehicle requires certain safety equipment depending on the type of vehicle it is. All cars must have seatbelts and airbags, motorcyclists must wear helmets, and passenger aircraft and boats should have life jackets. This equipment is meant to provide the passenger of the motor vehicle with safety precautions in the event of an accident or emerge......

Nail Gun Accidents

One of the most common pieces of construction equipment is the nail gun. Nail guns are powerful tools that can be gas-powered, electric, pneumatic, or a hybrid, but regardless of how they operate, nail guns drive nails through a wood in a fraction of a second. When one of these tools is defective or used negligently, it can cause serious, and sometimes de......

Nail Gun Accidents

One of the most common pieces of construction equipment is the nail gun. Nail guns are powerful tools that can be gas-powered, electric, pneumatic, or a hybrid, but regardless of how they operate, nail guns drive nails through wood in a fraction of a second. When one of these tools is defective or used negligently, it can cause serious, and sometimes deadly inju......

Ladder Fall Accidents

Ladders have been used for hundreds of years and these simple tools are often seen at construction sites, as well as at the homes of most Illinois residents. Even though they are common, ladders can still be dangerous. According to The Center for Injury Research and Policy, there are an average of 136,118 ladder accidents every year, many of these acciden......

Wheelbarrow Accident

Wheelbarrows, while not the largest or most exciting equipment, are an important part of any construction job site. Wheelbarrows need to be properly maintained, used in the correct manner, and stored away safely to reduce the possibility of accidents for workers on the job. When this doesn’t occur, serious injuries can occur.  ...

Jackhammer Accident

Jackhammers are an electro-mechanical or pneumatic tool that is used to both chisel and hammer at the same time. While incredibly useful, these powerful construction tools send huge vibrations up the arms of the construction worker using this piece of equipment, often causing serious, long-lasting, and life-altering injuries. ...

Atlanta Postal Credit Union

Creditors like Atlanta Postal 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 Atlanta Postal Credit Union violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Atlanta Postal Credit Union will pay ......

Associated Credit Union of Texas

Creditors like Associated Credit Union of Texas 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 Associated Credit Union of Texas violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Associated Credit Union of ......

Associated Credit Union

Creditors like Associated 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 Associated Credit Union violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Associated Credit Union will pay our fees and......

Ascend Federal Credit Union

Creditors like Ascend 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 Ascend Federal Credit Union violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Ascend Federal Credit Union will pay ......