Posted On: September 19, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

OSHA to provide Illinois Department of Labor with $1.5 million grant to improve safety and health for public workers

The Illinois Department of Labor is getting a $1.5 million federal grant from the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The money will supplement IDOL’s safety and health programs that are there to provide protection to employees who work in the public sector. Government workers, state employees, police officers, school teachers, transportation workers, and firefighters are among the public employees that fall under this category.

It is very important that workers are protected while on the job. Illinois workers’ compensation is available for employees who are hurt or get sick as a result of work-related circumstances, but that doesn’t mean that employers shouldn’t exercise all necessary precautions and implement the steps required to protect workers from injuries and a hazardous health conditions.

The federal funding provided by OSHA will go toward:
• Reducing the number of Illinois work injuries and deaths, especially in high-risk fields such as law enforcement and transportation.
• Increasing the number of field inspectors and support employees so that more onsite inspections can take place.
• Providing more education and information about workplace safety and health challenges so that employees and employers are both more aware.
• Developing a consultation program to help workers create and maintain a safe work environment so that injuries are less likely to happen.

A worker injured on the job may have to take time off work, incur significant medical and recovery expenses, and may even have to give up working entirely if the injury or illness is serious enough that permanent damage or disability results.

You can’t sue your employer for personal injury so it is important that your receive all of the Illinois workers’ compensation benefits that you are owed.

llinois Receives $1.5 Million in Matching Grants from Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Illinois Gov, September 1, 2009

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