Work-related injuries can occur on any job – some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others.
In the United States, nearly 4,500 workers lose their lives to workplace injuries each year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Thousands more suffer non-fatal injuries. In 2014, there were approximately 141,000 non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses. 163 workers lost their lives to occupational injuries. In Illinois, workplace injuries and fatalities are all too common.
Occupational injuries and illnesses can occur on any job. Even seemingly safe jobs such as retail and office work are also not completely safe from injuries. However, the frequency and severity of injuries in a particular job depends on the nature of the work and the hazards involved. Some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others.
In Illinois, the transportation industry has proven to be the most deadly as far as occupational injuries are concerned. In 2014, there were 32 work-related fatalities. Of these, 19 were due to transportation related accidents. In addition, nearly 11,600 injuries were reported in the same year. The biggest contributor were large truck accidents, causing 3,400 injuries. This was closely followed by air transportation with around 2,800 injuries.
The construction industry ranks second when it comes workplace injuries and fatalities. In 2014, the industry experienced 28 deaths and 4,200 non-fatal injuries. Of the 28 deaths, 12 were caused by falls. (Learn more – Wrongful Death from Construction Accidents)
In 2014, there were 13 deaths and 23,000 injuries reported in the manufacturing industry, making it no less deadly than the transportation and construction industry.
Agriculture, Hunting, Fishing, and Farming
This industry witnessed a total of 26 fatalities and 500 non-fatal injuries in 2014.
Professional and Business Services
In 2014, while the total number of deaths reported in this industry were only 9, there were 6,200 injuries.
While there have been consistent efforts to make work environments safer, more needs to be done in order to save precious lives. Although there are rules and regulations put in place by OSHA, some employers fail to adhere to them for various reasons and this leads to serious and even fatal workplace accidents.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If you have been injured at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits as long as your injury occurred in the course and scope of your employment. However, there are cases in which the employer or insurance company will deny your benefits. To discuss your case, contact a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166.