If you're hurt on the job, don't try to tough it out and keep it to yourself. You may be embarrassed about getting hurt or tempted to think it's no big deal. However, there are some very important reasons to file the report -- one of which is that you need proof that you were injured in the first place.
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:
A man working for Independence Tube Corp was killed on the job back in October of 2015, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration came in after the incident to do an investigation. They found multiple safety violations and notable unsafe conditions. As a result, the company has to pay $17,290 and take steps to reduce the workplace hazards.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is part of the Department of Labor, a work-related musculoskeletal disorder is a disorder or a disease brought on by a bodily reaction, repetitive motion or overexertion, targeting the muscular system and the skeletal system.
For most people in Illinois, work brings on a lot of stress. Studies have shown that this problem has only been trending upward over the years. Workers don't feel like they have control over what goes on in the workplace, but they do feel like there are a ton of demands, and they're stressed out as a result.
The current labor market throughout the country is still rather tight due to the 2008 economic downturn. For many workers who are fortunate to still be employed, simply having a job right now is a blessing. Unfortunately, the unintended consequence of these conditions is that the tight job market compels many of these workers to perform dangerous tasks that they might not otherwise undertake under better labor market conditions.
Many people don't realize it, but trenching and excavation is a key component of almost every type of construction. This is true whether pouring concrete foundations using a trench or excavating earth to allow maintenance on buried pipes. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, at least two workers perish each month in trench collapses.
Many people wrongly believe that workers' compensation benefits are only available to victims of on-the-job accidents. This is not true. In fact, Illinois has a specific law on the books to protect workers who acquire diseases that arise from their employment. The Illinois Occupational Disease Act sets forth a series of rules regarding workplace illnesses as well as laying the groundwork for what constitutes a valid claim.
Workplace accidents usually catch workers totally unprepared for the loss of income they will suffer. Due to the recent economic downturn and other events, many workers are living paycheck to paycheck. The sudden loss of the ability to earn a living due to an injury can throw a family into spiraling debt as they struggle to recover.
Illinois provides workers' compensation protection for employees who are injured at work. Generally, this works on a "no-fault" insurance scheme. Without getting too technical, the current system bars injured workers from suing their employers and their insurers directly for their injuries. In exchange for that liability protection, the employee is not required to prove fault for a workplace accident in order to receive certain medical benefits and other compensation.