Investigation into Unsafe Conditions at Cook County Morgue

“The Illinois Department of Labor is investigating the Cook County morgue after the agency received an anonymous complaint about unsafe conditions, an official said today,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

The complaint, as well as photographs of the morgue that have been leaked to the press, indicate that human remains at the Cook County morgue have not been properly stored or cared for.

The Illinois Department of Labor, which is in charge of investigating complaints and work conditions for all public employees in the state, has received five complaints regarding working conditions at the Cook County morgue since 2010.

Unsafe Work Conditions

Whatever your profession, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) mandates that your employer provide a safe working environment. In fact, OSHA standards dictate that

“Workers are entitled to working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm. To help assure a safe and healthful workplace, OSHA also provides workers with the right to:

• Ask OSHA to inspect their workplace;
• Use their rights under the law without retaliation and discrimination;
• Receive information and training about hazards, methods to prevent harm, and the • OSHA standards that apply to their workplace. The training must be in a language you can understand;
• Get copies of test results done to find hazards in the workplace;
• Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses;
• Get copies of their medical records;”

If you believe your workers rights have been violated by your employer, you should contact an experienced Illinois workers compensation attorney. There are lawyers with significant expertise in workers rights and workers compensation benefits who can explain your options. The Illinois Workers Compensation Act spells out workers rights and what employees are entitled to. An experienced attorney will work with you to understand these rights and help you file a claim if your rights have been violated or if your workers comp benefits have been delayed or denied.

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