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Workers' compensation: Construction worker pinned under forklift

A single missed paycheck may be all that it takes for a worker to lose control of his or her finances. Because of this, most people in Illinois are hard workers who take their jobs very seriously. Unfortunately, as all it takes single accident to cause a severe injury, it does not matter how attentive to safety a person is while at work. Workers' compensation benefits exist to help those who are hurt on the job.

A 51-year-old construction worker was working on renovations at the Museum of Science and Industry when he was involved in a terrifying accident. Another worker was using a forklift to move heavy equipment. The machine fell landed directly on the 51-year-old. He was pinned in a hole six-feet below the museum's basement.

Workers' compensation: Common construction site injuries

Working in the construction industry can be extremely fulfilling both financially and in regard to a long-term career. Many construction workers in Illinois truly enjoy their jobs. Unfortunately, these workers also understand the dangers of their chosen career field and that they may need workers' compensation in the future.

Some of the most common construction site accidents are obvious. For example, falls top the list of common accidents. Whether on scaffolds, roofs, ladders, cranes or more, construction workers frequently have to work at significant heights. Without the proper safety equipment, falls might ultimately be inevitable.

Do you know your rights to workers' compensation?

There is no time to waste if you were injured at work. You probably already know that you need to apply for workers' compensation benefits in a timely manner, but maybe you are not sure how to go about that process. If you have questions about the Illinois workers' compensation system, some of the following information may be helpful.

First and most importantly, you should seek medical care right away. Your health is extremely important so early medical intervention is best. When receiving care immediately after and in follow-up appointments, you should provide a thorough description of the event that caused your injury. Indicating that you are unsure how you were injured could make it harder to get workers' comp benefits.

What is an RSI and will workers' comp cover it?

Every day, you go about your job doing the same things. You can do your job with little effort as you have performed the same movements repeatedly for so long, and muscle memory seems to have taken over. Your body and mind know what they have to do, but lately, performing your normal movements and tasks at work have started causing you pain. You may think nothing of it, but you may have a repetitive stress injury, and workers' comp may cover it.

Many often refer to an RSI as an overuse injury. Anyone in Illinois, in any field of employment, can experience this type of injury. What should you do if you think you have an RSI?

Workers' compensation: Worker killed while trimming tree

Most people in Illinois do not expect to send their friend or loved one off to work and then never see them again. Sadly, some workplace accidents cause more than just serious injuries. Although losing a loved one who was involved in an accident at work can feel like a hopeless situation, an individual might qualify for survivors' benefits through workers' compensation.

A 62-year-old man was recently trimming a tree when he was involved in a fatal workplace accident. He was working in a tree-trimming bucket attached to a truck at the time. Unfortunately, the bucket apparently came into contact with a nearby electrical wire on a power line, and he was executed.

Workers' compensation: 19-year-old killed in workplace accident

While a workplace accident can take place anywhere, certain industries and work sites are more dangerous than others. Those who work in labor-intensive injuries often face serious safety risks that can threaten their health and well-being. This was perhaps the case for an Illinois man who was recently killed while working at railway site. Although workers' compensation is usually associated with victims who need financial support during their recoveries, families can also seek death benefits after losing loved ones.

Emergency responders were notified of the tragic accident occurred shortly before 9:30 a.m. When police arrived on the scene, they discovered a 19-year-old was trapped underneath a load of large, wooden panels that are typically used during construction. He had been unloading the panels from a railcar when the load suddenly fell on him.

How to protect yourself from dogs when jogging

Dogs can be a threat whether you are an avid runner who trains for marathons or you just jog occasionally for the exercise. Encountering a dog while exercising can throw off your routine and interrupt your workout. However, a dog can also cause painful and sometimes life-threatening injuries.

According to State Farm, Illinois had the second highest number of dog bite claims in 2018. While it is not clear how many of those claims involved people out for a jog, the data does suggest that Illinois may have a higher rate of dog bit incidents than other states have. With this in mind, it may be especially important to know how to protect yourself from dogs when you jog.

Workers' compensation for fatigue-related injuries

Worker exhaustion is often praised as an example of excellent commitment to a job. People who leave a job late and show back up still tired the next day are said to have good work ethics. Regardless of a person's commitment to a given job or position, being fatigued at work is actually quite dangerous. Some Illinois workers may even need workers' compensation benefits for injuries related to on-the-job fatigue.

According to the Illinois Department of Labor, workplace fatigue is a growing epidemic. In a recent news release, the department's director stated that on-the-job fatigue is not a failing of the worker, but is a workplace safety problem. Perceptions about what workplace safety entails -- such as safety training and equipment -- has perhaps prevented some people from paying as much attention to the problem of fatigue.

Can workers' compensation help victims' mental health?

Suffering an on-the-job injury can be a life-changing experience, and not in a good way. Most people in Illinois know that physical pain and financial problems are issues for workers who have to take time off to recover. Unfortunately, injured workers' mental health is often overlooked. Without the right support -- such as workers' compensation -- the outlook is not bright for these victims.

The National Safety Council says 4.6 million people are injured on the job every year, which comes out to about one injury for every seven seconds. Past research has already showed that, when compared to workers with less severe injuries, workers who needed to take a week or more off following an injury had a 20% higher chance of dying for any reason. Additional research had already identified increased risk factors following an injury, including depression, long-term income loss and frequent opioid treatment.

Workers' compensation: Scaffolds a threat to workers' safety

Construction workers fulfill an important need in communities and cities all across Illinois. From performing renovations to working on new builds, these workers are essential for growth. Sadly, many construction workers are spending shifts in unsafe working conditions that put them at risk for serious injury and even death. Workers may want to know about one of the biggest threats to their safety and how workers' compensation can help them if they are injured.

Scaffolding accidents are the most common type of construction accident. This may be partially due to frequent use, as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration -- OSHA -- estimates that approximately 65% of all construction workers frequently work on scaffolds. Some of the most common scaffolding accidents include falls caused by improperly installed or unreasonably safe equipment. Injuries are also made worse when employers do not provide adequate safety or protective equipment. Workers on scaffolds are also at risk for being by falling objects.

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