It may come as no surprise that there are certain fields of work that are inherently more dangerous than others. However, there are some safety hazards that may be present in virtually every type of profession. Understanding some of the most common types of workplace injuries could be vital to helping employees in Illinois better prepare to protect their well-being while on the job.
Many construction workers in Illinois and across the nation perform job-related duties at heights nearly every day. Even with safety regulations and equipment in place to help reduce the risks of such operations, falls from heights continue to be a leading cause of work-related incidents. One person died during a recent workplace accident after he reportedly fell from an elevated section of a building in another state.
Falling objects continue to be a major concern for construction companies and workers in Illinois and across the nation. Accidents involving similar circumstances run the unfortunate risk of causing employees to suffer severe workplace injuries that could leave them facing a lengthy recovery period or the need for long-term or permanent medical treatment. Two workers suffered injuries during a recent accident involving a fallen object at a construction site in another state.
Many construction workers in Illinois and elsewhere are constantly performing job-related tasks at heights with the use of lifts or scaffolding. Should the equipment workers use prove faulty or defective, the risk of a fall from heights is ever present and the consequences of a similar incident could prove catastrophic. Two workers suffered injuries after the scaffolding they were working on collapsed during a recent workplace accident in another state.
Although it is supposed to be simple and straightforward, workers’ compensation can be a confusing mix of rules, exceptions and caveats. It’s not always clear which injuries are covered, which scenarios count as work-related and where an employee needs to be when an injury happens (in order to be eligible for benefits).