Environmental, Safety, & Toxic Tort

By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

OSHA recently released its Safe Patient Handling — Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders in Nursing Homes Fact Sheet. OSHA Fact Sheet (OSHA FS-3707, 2014).

OSHA, on its Healthcare webpage, indicates that more workers were injured in the healthcare and social assistance industry sector in 2010 than any other.

By James R. Beyer

Earlier this week, we blogged about the Illinois Vehicle Code that became effective on January 1, 2014.  We advised that “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

Please see the recent blog (here) from our colleagues on the Environmental, Safety, and Toxic Tort team. In this piece, they report on several significant OSHA citations based, in part, on standards relating to employee safety — even though the program participants are more appropriately classified as interns or students.

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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