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What illnesses do you face if you work in a coal mine?

Since the early days of the country, families in Illinois and other coal-rich states have made their living digging coal out of the ground. Back in the mining heyday of the late 1800s, mining-related illnesses such as Black Lung Disease were rampant, due to a lack of safety equipment and procedures. Even today, Black Lung Disease still affects many of those in mining, but it is known by a different name. If you work in one of these mines, you may be at risk of several types of diseases related to the industry.

Needle sticks cause concern about blood-borne illnesses

Medical staff in hospitals and government-run health care facilities are among those at risk of blood-borne diseases caused by needle sticks. According to the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration, approximately 385,000 injuries by sharp objects, or "sharps" injuries, happen to hospital workers each year in Illinois and across the country. These injuries especially include needle sticks.

The serious dangers of manufacturing machinery

If you work in the manufacturing industry, you likely know about the dangers associated with moving parts in machinery. However, you might not have seen or experienced firsthand any of the gruesome injuries that can result from being caught in a manufacturing machine. Workers' compensation in Illinois covers the medical expenses of those injured in workplace accidents. The best treatment, however, is to try to keep an accident from occurring at all.

Falling objects create risk for construction workers and others

At Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC, our attorneys have seen the devastating results of construction accidents and how they affect Illinois workers and their families. In previous posts recently, we've discussed some of the most common types of construction accidents, ranging from falls to electrical mishaps. These are by far not the only way for construction workers to be injured. Accidents resulting from falling objects may not occur as often, but they are no less dangerous or deadly.

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