While most of us don’t think about our risk of being injured or involved in an accident, while on the job, such concerns are commonplace for those employed in certain industries. Construction workers, for instance, who are required to work with dangerous equipment and at great heights, face the risk of injury almost on a daily basis.
The private transportation and warehousing industries also see thousands of injuries every year, many of which prove to be fatal. To learn more about the most dangerous jobs in Illinois and the kinds of legal options that you may have after a workplace accident, please call our experienced Rockford construction accident lawyers today.
The construction industry is notorious for being a particularly dangerous workplace for employees, who are at risk of being injured as a result of:
- Falling from ladders, scaffolding, and elevated platforms
- Being struck by a falling object, including building materials like beams and concrete
- The mishandling or malfunctioning of heavy equipment
- Electrocution from faulty wiring and exposed power lines
- Accidents involving power tools
- Slip and fall accidents
- Fires and explosions caused by leaking pipes, exposed wiring, or the use of flammable chemicals and gases on the worksite
- Getting crushed between two objects, like heavy equipment
- Vehicle collisions
- Building collapses
Fortunately, construction workers who are injured on the job can usually recover workers’ compensation benefits after their accident and in some cases, may also be able to hold a negligent third party liable in court for its contribution to their injury.
Jobs in the transportation industry also regularly rank amongst the most dangerous workplaces in Illinois. In fact, the private transportation industry often exceeds the construction industry in the number of fatal accidents that occur per year. Semi-truck drivers are especially at risk, as they are often required to deliver items by sometimes unreasonable deadlines, meaning that they may have to drive in inclement weather and work excessively long hours. Unfortunately, collisions involving these types of heavy vehicles tend to have particularly devastating consequences for the parties involved.
While we have made great strides in ensuring that factories and manufacturing plants are safe for employees, accidents in the manufacturing industry still occur at an alarming rate. Workers in this field run the risk of suffering injuries caused by defective machinery, inadequate safety training, a lack of protective equipment, and overwork.
Repetitive stress injuries are also common in this industry, where many employees are required to lift heavy objects and repeat the same motion over and over again throughout the day. Fortunately, these injuries, like those sustained in more violent accidents, are compensable under Illinois’ workers’ compensation laws.
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To speak with an experienced Rockford construction accident lawyer about filing a claim for workers’ comp benefits, please call Fisk & Monteleone Ltd. at 815-315-0576 today. Initial consultations are offered free of charge, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us by phone or online message today.