Many industries rely on the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to make the workplace safe for their workers. Unfortunately, a surprising number of construction and other workplace accidents occur because PPE were not used properly, or at all. According to a recent survey, roughly 9 out of 10 safety professionals acknowledged that they had witnessed workers not wearing safety equipment when they should. An additional twenty-nine percent said that they had seen workers not using PPE many times.
In 2007 Illinois-based pharmaceutical company AM2 PAT, Inc. manufactured heparin-filled syringes contaminated with the dangerous bacteria serratia marcescens then sold the dangerous syringes to various distributors who provided them to unsuspecting patients. Many of the patients who used the syringes became seriously ill from exposure to the bacteria. The victims looked to AM2 PAT and the suppliers to compensate them for the injuries, medical expenses and other losses caused by the contaminated syringes. The majority of these cases are pending in Chicago where the Circuit Court of Cook County has appointed the product liability lawyers of Rapoport Law Offices, P.C. as liaison counsel on behalf of all of the victims nationwide.
According to estimates made by the National Safety Council (NSC), fatal and non-fatal unintended injuries have a surprisingly large economic impact on a national scale, an impact that the NSC says underscores the importance prevention work.
Mexico's Consulate General in Chicago has signed an alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to foster a partnership aimed at providing Mexican and Latino workers in Illinois and Wisconsin with access to training, education and resources that seek to both protect workers' rights and advance health and safety in the workplace.
President Barack Obama, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), proclaimed April 28, 2010 to be Worker's Memorial Day to celebrate and preserve the memory "of those who have been killed due to unsafe working conditions." This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, as well as the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act.