Chicago plant workers are reliant upon employers to maintain safe workplaces. An employer is responsible for creating and implementing safety plans, in line with state and federal guidelines. Some Illinois employers make safety a low priority, especially when creating a safe job environment involves spending money that would otherwise be profits.
An Illinois woman died recently, after she was struck by a piece of decorative stone that fell from the outside of a church. WMAQ-TV reported the Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago had a history of failed building inspections between 2007 and 2011, including exterior wall problems. Other reports stated the structure passed 2012 and 2013 inspections but had not been inspected this year.
Chicago residents hop on a bus every day and may give no thought to the injuries they could suffer in a mass transit accident. Many people are very trusting of the services common carriers like buses, airlines and trains provide. After all, these professionals are paid to transport you in safety.
Doing something wrong may be better or worse than doing nothing at all. However, either behavior -- a mistake or a failure to take reasonable action to prevent an injury or death – can be considered negligence in a Chicago liability case. The word "reasonable" is the key.