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Electricity: one of the most common dangers in construction

Construction is known as one of the country's most dangerous industries to work for. Construction workers in Illinois face dangers from numerous sources, including electricity. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 78 electricians were fatally injured on the job across the country in 2014, an increase by 14 from the previous year. In fact, 9 percent of fatal workplace injuries among contracted workers involved electricity in 2014.

Workers suffer from oxygen deprivation inside tank car

Workers' compensation benefits in Illinois exist to compensate employees for workplace injuries, whether or not the worker was at fault for the accident in most cases. It is possible to be covered by workers' compensation after an unavoidable accident, as well as an accident that may have been prevented by implementing proper safety measures.

Numerous industries carry a risk for radiation exposure

Over the past few decades, many advancements have been made in regulations and safety measures to prevent people from being exposed to radiation during the course of their jobs. However, some Illinois workers are still routinely exposed to radiation, which may cause some types of cancer. The amount of exposure is generally very small, and the risk is rare, but the risk nevertheless exists. There are some professions that carry a higher risk of radiation exposure than others.

How dangerous are nail guns?

Sixty-eight percent of the estimated 37,000 people who seek medical care each year for a serious injury due to nail gun use are professional workers, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Nail gun injuries on construction sites in Illinois and elsewhere are due to at least one of seven distinct risks. The two most common occur when the nail gun double fires, causing the gun to discharge a nail unintentionally, or because a safety mechanism was disabled or failed to work.

When PTSD factors in a workplace injury

Every day in Illinois and across the country, millions of people in the workforce risk potentially disabling accidents or illnesses. Many accidents occur every year due to a variety of factors, some of them outside of a person's control. Workers' compensation laws are supposed to compensate an employee's medical bills after a workplace accident, but what about the psychological effects of a traumatic incident? Can psychological trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder, be covered by workers' compensation?

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