Safety Comics Of The Day – Santa Style 2016 – Have a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! #HolidaySafety

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1 ChristmasMerry Christmas To All & Thank You For Visiting My Blog in 2016!

 Jack Benton, Chicago South Suburbs, Illinois – EHS Safety News America® 2016

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Safety Comics Of The Day – Santa Style 2015 – Have a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

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 Jack Benton, Chicago South Suburbs, Illinois – EHS Safety News America® 2015

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Safety Comics Of The Day – Santa Style 2014 – Have a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!



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1 ChristmasMerry Christmas To All & Thank You For Visiting My Blog in 2014!

 Jack Benton, Chicago Suburbs, Illinois – EHS Safety News America® 2014

Man Confirmed Dead In Grain Bin Accident In Genoa, Illinois – May 5, 2014 – [Raw Video]


Emergency crews pulled the body of a 73-year-old man from a grain bin on an Illinois farm Monday afternoon after a frantic rescue effort.

Around 1 p.m., authorities had begun emptying the grain bin at Madey Farms in Genoa after reports that a man may be stuck inside.

Several hours later, crews removed the body from the grain bin and placed it in a waiting ambulance. Authorities later confirmed that he had died.

DeKalb County Police said a family member found the man’s truck next to the full, 10,000- to 12,000-bushel bin but couldn’t locate him.

He had been working on the bin because it was reportedly clogged, police said.

The 73-year-old man reportedly worked on the Genoa-Kingston Fire Department for several years.

Genoa is located about 25 miles east of Rockford, Illinois.

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.

And when she comes to this tiny northwest Illinois town, Annette Pacas tries to do the same. She hates looking at the giant metal structure where her eldest, Alejandro, was killed.

Almost four years ago, on a sweltering day in July, their young sons, along with two co-workers, were working at a grain facility and told to go into one of the bins to break up corn clumps.

But Wyatt and Alejandro, 14 and 19, respectively, slid into a funnel of grain, sank toward the bottom and suffocated in the corn. When the two were dug out several hours later, authorities found compression marks on their blistered bodies.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration discovered that the company that hired the two never trained them, didn’t provide safety harnesses and failed to develop an emergency action plan for accidents, among other infractions.

On Thursday, a jury decided another company, Consolidated Grain and Barge Co., which rented the grain bin facility at that time, was also responsible for the deaths, awarding each family $8 million. Will Piper, who was also engulfed in corn but survived, was given $875,000.

A spokesman for the grain company said it plans to appeal.

The trial has come to an end, but the families say their work is far from over. They hope the settlement grabs attention so this doesn’t happen again and shows companies that safety is everyone’s responsibility.

“The thing is, this did not have to happen. There was no excuse for it,” Annette Pacas said Friday. “It sends a message not only to the big guys, but to the local farmers. ‘Don’t do this.’ It was totally preventable.”

On July 28, 2010, the four young workers were told by their manager to go inside a grain bin to break up the moldy corn.

Alejandro had been on the job for less than a day. Wyatt had started a few days earlier. Neither had any farming background.

Wyatt Whitebread was an athletic, energetic teen who always wore a big smile. The kind of kid who was everyone’s friend, his mother said, because he was so compassionate.

Working at the grain facility was his first job. “And he was proud to have it. … He was just proud to make money on his own,” Carla Whitebread said.

The oldest of seven, Alejandro Pacas, nicknamed “Paco,” was deeply religious and loved music. Before his death, all he could talk about was returning to college to study electronic engineering, his mother said. He wanted to create prostheses for those without limbs.

At work that day, around 9 a.m., the manager opened two additional holes in the floor of a 500,000-bushel grain bin to accelerate the flow of corn.

Inside the bin, Wyatt fell face first into the grain. His co-workers called out to him. He eventually opened his eyes and started screaming.

Alejandro and Will dived into the kernels. Each man grabbed an arm and tried to pull up Wyatt. A fourth co-worker scrambled out of the bin and ran for help.

When the manager arrived, he turned on an outer sump and a conveyor belt but didn’t turn off the intermediate sump.

That created a sinkhole that swallowed the boys, one by one. Soon after, Will felt Alejandro’s hand go limp and stood face to face with his friend’s body for six hours while rescuers worked to shovel them out, Annette Pacas said.

Later, the families discovered that safety precautions were ignored and safety equipment was stored nearby but not used.

In the weeks that followed, everyday things became harder for the families. Carla Whitebread, a Spanish teacher who taught at the high school Wyatt attended, found it hard to walk out of her classroom and not see her son by his locker.

Annette Pacas said she could barely lift herself out of bed. Her family moved out of the state, partly because of Alejandro’s death. “Now there’s just that ache and that hole that’s never filled,” she said.

The two families and Piper initially filed a lawsuit against Haasbach LLC, the company that hired the boys but never trained them, the families’ attorneys said. Separately, OSHA fined the company $200,000, and it later closed its doors.

Last summer, Haasbach was dismissed from the lawsuit after reaching a settlement. The families and Piper were each awarded $2 million, said Kevin Durkin, an attorney representing the families.

Over the last 21/2 weeks, the families gathered in a small, wood-paneled courtroom here as lawyers rehashed the details of that day. Relatives, friends and strangers clutching tissues sat in the benches and listened, sometimes sobbing.

After the jury debated for eight hours, it found that Consolidated Grain and Barge played a role in the deaths and injuries.

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Illinois EPA NPDES Reports Now Filed Online & Deadline Of March 31, 2014 For Transition

By Jeryl L. Olson and Craig B. Simonsen

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) had first introduced the “eDMR” (electronic Discharge Monitoring Report) system in April 2004.

The eDMR system was developed so that National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permittees with a computer and an Internet connection could complete, sign, submit, edit, and re-submit eDMR forms online. When the eDMR system was introduced it was completely voluntary, but the Illinois EPA was “strongly encouraging” NPDES permittees to use the eDMR reporting method.

In December 2013 Illinois EPA notified the regulated community that it had begun transitioning facilities to another DMR reporting program – NetDMR. The NetDMR system, like the eDMR system, is a Web-based tool that allows NPDES permittees to electronically sign and submit their DMRs. Illinois EPA claims that “NetDMR is a substantial improvement over eDMR.”

NetDMR is a Web-based tool that allows NPDES permittees to electronically sign and submit their discharge monitoring reports (DMRs) to the U.S. Environmnetal Protection Agency’s Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS-NPDES) through its Central Data Exchange (CDX) node on the Environmental Information Exchange Network. The Illinois EPA has chosen NetDMR over the current electronic reporting tool, eDMR, due to the direct link to the U.S. EPA’s ICIS-NPDES, and “because it is more user friendly.”

Illinois EPA “strongly encourages you to transition to NetDMR as soon as possible, however due to the eDMR systems unreliable status you must transition to NetDMR no later than March 31, 2014.” In addition, if you are unable to immediately begin reporting utilizing NetDMR, “a three month supply of hardcopy paper preprinted DMRs will be provided for your convenience.”

For Illinois NPDES facilities, the NetDMR system appears to be a useful tool for maintaining compliance with facility NPDES permits. Keep in mind though, that like other e-filed reports, it will be promptly and publically available online for competitors and environmental groups to access and analyze, and reports noting exceedances may result in rapid enforcement. If a facility is regularly reporting exceedances of permit limits you should consult with your environmental counsel. Make sure that the plant is in compliance with its permit, or make a good paper trail as to why it is not.

Source: Seyfarth, Shaw Law Firm

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Employees Driving In Illinois? What Employers Need to Know

James L. Curtis, Erin Dougherty Foley, and Craig B. Simonsen

Effective January 1, 2014, the Illinois Vehicle Code, at 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2, was amended to prohibit driving while using an electronic communication device, including hand-held wireless telephones, hand-held personal digital assistants, or portable or mobile computers.

The amendment provides for exceptions including the use of hands-free devices, two-way radios, and electronic devices capable of performing multiple functions as long as these devices are not used for a prohibited purpose.

The law establishes a graduated fine scale for repeat offenses. A first offense for driving while using an electronic communication device is not considered a moving violation.

Under the current Code provisions, cellphone/wireless use while driving, including a hands-free device, is prohibited for drivers under age 19, except in the case of an emergency to contact a law enforcement agency, health-care provider or emergency services agency. Cellphone/wireless use by drivers 19 and over is prohibited unless using a hands-free device.

The newly enacted law does not address employer liability specifically, but another portion of the Illinois Vehicle Code does.

Under the Hands Free Act, if one of your employees is not complying with the new Illinois law and is operating his/her vehicle while on company time, then the employer could be held liable for the employee’s non-compliance. Section 16 of the Illinois Vehicle Code states that individuals who engage in the commission of a crime (and under the Hands Free Act operating a mobile phone without a hands-free option is considered a misdemeanor), or individuals who “aid or abet” in the commission of that crime can be held liable.

More specifically, the Vehicle Code states:

Sec. 16-202. Offenses by persons owning or controlling vehicles. It is unlawful for the owner, or any other person, employing or otherwise directing the driver of any vehicle to require or knowingly to permit the operation of such vehicle upon a highway in any manner contrary to law. (625 ILCS 5/16-202.)

In other words, if one of your employees is driving his own car and using his/her phone in violation of the Act, but is doing so while working for your company (i.e., on the clock, driving between job sites or project locations) and gets into an accident during this time, the Company *may* also be responsible for any injuries or damages under a legal theory called respondeat superior. If the employee is found to have been acting “in the scope of his employment” at the time of the accident, the employer *may* be liable for that employee’s conduct, because the employee was “at work.”

What does this mean to employers with employees that are driving the roads of Illinois? A great deal! The statute (625 ILCS 5/16-202) allows for the imposition of criminal penalties if the employer directs or otherwise knowingly permits an employee to act in violation of the law.

The enactment of this amendment provides Illinois employers with the opportunity to publish (or create) a policy that tells employees that they are NOT to talk on their mobile phones while on company business and in the car UNLESS they can do so in compliance with this new law. (Please note that Illinois already has a statute in place that bans texting while driving.) While having such a policy does not bar employer liability, having a strongly worded policy could help mitigate the risk of any liability. It is also a great opportunity to train employees and their managers about the dangers of “distracted driving” and the reasons why employees should only use their phones if they can do so using the “hands free” options outlined in the statute (speaker phone, blue tooth, etc.) on devices that have the ability to be activated by pressing the *one* button (i.e., answering and ending a call).

If you have any questions about this new amendment or policies related to banning distracted driving, please contact any of the authors, a member of Seyfarth’s Workplace Policies and Handbooks Team, or your Seyfarth attorney.

Source: Seyfarth Shaw Law Firm

Safety Comics Of The Day – Santa Style 2013 – Have a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!





1 ChristmasMerry Christmas To All & Thank You For Visiting My Blog in 2013!

 Jack Benton, Bolingbrook, Illinois – EHS Safety News America® 2013

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Illinois Concealed Carry Law Mandates a Safety Sign


The Illinois State Police unveiled on Oct. 11 the proposed design for one of the newest safety signs that will be displayed in some Illinois workplaces as a result of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, a state law that took effect July 9, 2013. The law, Public Act 98-63, requires an Illinois Concealed Carry License for someone–current peace officers and retired police officers eligible under a federally approved retired officer concealed carry program are exempt–to carry a concealed firearm in Illinois, according to the agency.

“Owners of any statutorily prohibited area or private property, excluding residences, where the owner prohibits the carrying of firearms must clearly and conspicuously post the Illinois State Police-approved sign at the entrance of the building, premises or real property,” according to this provision highlighted by the state police: HB183, Section 65 (Prohibited Areas) (d) Signs stating that the carrying of firearms is prohibited shall be clearly and conspicuously posted at the entrance of a building, premises, or real property specified in this Section as a prohibited area, unless the building or premises is a private residence. Signs shall be of a uniform design as established by the Department and shall be 4 inches by 6 inches in size.

The state police will make concealed carry online applications available to the public by Jan. 5, 2014, and its announcement said information about the application and fingerprinting process also will be posted.

Schools, hospitals, mental institutions, most buildings of the state’s executive or legislative branch agencies, public parks, sports stadiums, and museums are among the “statutorily prohibited” facilities that must post the sign.

The new law requires applicants to complete 16 hours of firearms training, including classroom and range instruction. There is no reciprocity in place for someone who holds an out-of-state concealed carry permit; he or she must obtain an Illinois Concealed Carry License to lawfully carry a concealed firearm in Illinois. However, out-of-state residents now have a limited exception to lawfully carry a concealed firearm inside a vehicle if they are eligible to carry a firearm in public under the laws of their state or territory of residence and aren’t prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm under federal law. This rule became effective immediately, according to the state police.

The proposed rules from the state police would require a white background, no text (except for a reference to the Illinois Code 430 ILCS 66/1) or marking within the 1-inch area surrounding the graphic design, an image of a handgun in black ink with a red circle around it and a diagonal slash across the firearm, and that the image be 4 inches in diameter. While it specifies a sign measuring 4 by 6 inches, the proposed administrative rules allow property owners to post a larger sign, with additional language, if the owner believes the entrance of the building, premises or real property requires it.

To download a template of the approved sign for use, visit

Additional Illinois Concealed Carry Law Information :

This article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of Occupational Health & Safety.

About the Author:  Jerry Laws is Editor of Occupational Health & Safety magazine, which is owned by 1105 Media Inc.

Please Help the “2nd Annual “No One Fights Alone” Dempsey’s Toy Drive” #ToyDrive #KidsWithCancer #Illinois


Dempsey Toy DriveClick on photo to enlarge for contact information!

Please help the “2nd Annual Dempsey’s & Friends Toy Drive!” Please read the flyer (Click on photo!) and help a child with cancer have a great Christmas! These kids fight everyday, lets show them that we are fighting with them. NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE! Join the Facebook Group to learn more information:

The young man in the picture above is the Son of a good friend of many, who is fighting leukemia. I grew up with his Dad and had the pleasure to work with him in public safety in my hometown of Riverdale, Illinois.

Please help by donating whatever you can. By doing so, we can help these kids of all ages have not only a great Christmas, but something to take their mind off of their cancer and their chemotherapy treatments, if for JUST One Minute! Please Help And Donate!!

Thank You!

Jack Benton

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