Families of Grain Bin Victims Hope Lawsuit Victory Brings Change

This Problem keeps growing. Unfortunately, NOT many people know it! Company plans to appeal verdict awarding $8 million each to families of 2 teen workers who died in accident February 08, 2014|By Jennifer Delgado, Chicago Tribune reporter MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — — Carla Whitebread avoids driving by the grain bin where her son Wyatt died. … Continue reading Families of Grain Bin Victims Hope Lawsuit Victory Brings Change

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Milestone Achieved! – “EHS Safety News America Eclipses 1 Million Hits!”

"Remember...... ALWAYS Be Safe in Your Work!" I never thought in my wildest dreams that this Blog would become as popular as it has. I couldn't be happier, unless of course I secured a new full time Safety job ASAP, ..but, I believe I have put together a good source of safety information along with … Continue reading Milestone Achieved! – “EHS Safety News America Eclipses 1 Million Hits!”

EHS Safety News Stars in “Toxic Hot Seat” on HBO!

Here I am watching this new documentary on HBO last night about the recently changed "Tech 117" Bulletin in California about the use of unnecessary cancer causing "flame retardants" in everything from furniture to child car seats to other household products. I had been following the series that the Chicago Tribune had begun about this issue … Continue reading EHS Safety News Stars in “Toxic Hot Seat” on HBO!

New Flame Retardent Rule Curbs Toxic Chemicals In Furniture

Video Courtesy of the Chicago Tribune® California’s change may help end use of fire retardants nationwide For decades, U.S. manufacturers have filled upholstered furniture with pounds of toxic chemicals to comply with a flammability standard set by a single state, California. The obscure rule, known as Technical Bulletin 117, brought flame retardants into homes across … Continue reading New Flame Retardent Rule Curbs Toxic Chemicals In Furniture

Fear Fans Flames of Chemical Fire Retardant Manufacturers

By Patricia Callahan and Sam Roe, Chicago Tribuner Reporters -May 6, 2012 Dr. David Heimbach knows how to tell a story.Before California lawmakers last year, the noted burn surgeon drew gasps from the crowd as he described a 7-week-old baby girl who was burned in a fire started by a candle while she lay on … Continue reading Fear Fans Flames of Chemical Fire Retardant Manufacturers

OSHA Accuses Illinois Company of Grain Bin Violations in Wisconsin

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has accused an Illinois company of five safety violations at a grain-handling facility in Wisconsin. The agency says in one case the company knowingly disregarded safety laws. OSHA has proposed fines of $84,000 for Bloomington, Ill.-based Growmark. The company owns the facility in Ixonia, Wis., 25 … Continue reading OSHA Accuses Illinois Company of Grain Bin Violations in Wisconsin

Illinois Governor Quinn Proposes Workers’ Compensation Overhaul as Feds Probe Abuses

Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday unveiled his proposed overhaul of the state’s workers’ compensation system, suggesting changes his office says will save employers money while also preventing potential abuses that have attracted the attention of downstate federal prosecutors. The governor’s plan to change the way workers are paid following injury or illness on the job … Continue reading Illinois Governor Quinn Proposes Workers’ Compensation Overhaul as Feds Probe Abuses

Nuclear Crisis Spikes Sales of Anti-Radiation Iodine Pills – Note: Do Not Take Unecessarily If You Reside in the US

By Chicago Tribune and The Associated Press Sales of Geiger counters and potassium iodide supplements that can block some radiation have surged nationwide since Friday, fueled by concerns among some Americans that radiation released from Japanese nuclear plants could spread to the United States. Potassium iodide supplements — which can protect the thyroid gland if … Continue reading Nuclear Crisis Spikes Sales of Anti-Radiation Iodine Pills – Note: Do Not Take Unecessarily If You Reside in the US