Workplace injuries can happen for many reasons, some of which absolutely can't be predicted. However, experts have noted that there are common trends that can be followed, and so some of the top reasons for these injuries include:
1. Worker fatigue2. Overwhelming stress3. Slips and falls4. Trips5. Falling objects6. Repetitious motions7. Hazardous materials8. Lifting heavy objects9. Collisions10. Violence in the workplace
Naturally, many of these things can happen at the same time. A worker who is fatigued and asked to work extended hours may also be feeling a lot of additional stress due to this situation. He or she may then be more likely to slip and fall if there are dangerous conditions in the workplace, even though the worker may have successfully worked around these hazards for months or even years.
For workers, it's important to know how these factors work together to understand when employers may be putting them in a dangerous position. It is also possible for workers' right to be violated, as workers do have the right to work in a safe environment, and there are laws about mandatory breaks and hours that can be worked in a row in some industries—such as the trucking industry. An employer that violates these laws can make a workplace accident more likely, even if it looks like a random event.
Have you been injured on the job in Illinois due to the factors listed above? If so, look into your rights and consider the fact that you may be entitled to compensation.
Source: smallbusiness.chron.com, "Top 10 Causes of Workplace Injuries," Christina Hamlett, accessed March 16, 2016