Anyone whose job requires them to work outdoors during Chicago's brutal winters knows that they have to take precautions to prevent illnesses and injuries caused by extreme cold. Employers are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Act to keep workplaces, even when the outdoors in the workplace, as safe as possible for their employees.
It may be the season of joy. However, heart attacks and other heart-related events have been shown to spike over the holidays. Everything from shoveling snow to family dysfunction can contribute to cardiac issues this time of year. Further, people may be less likely to seek treatment if they experience symptoms while traveling or have a houseful of family.
Most people have heard the warnings and frightening statistics about the dangers of texting while driving. Further, here in Illinois, texting while driving is illegal, as is using a handheld phone at all.
Industrial accidents can be particularly serious. Indeed, many are fatal. That was the case for a 41-year-old worker who was killed last month in Chicago Heights.
Spinal cord injuries can be very complicated. One aspect of many of these injuries is something that most people haven't heard of until it happens to them or a loved one. It's called spinal shock.