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Dangerous Jobs in Chicago and Illinois

Welder working

It’s well understood that heights, sharp-edged tools, heavy machinery, toxic chemicals, gases, electrical currents and other risks involved with certain jobs make them dangerous. But many workplace accidents in Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois can also occur in what would be considered safe “office jobs.”

Among about 5.4 million Illinois workers in 2011, there were 1.7 fatal occupational injuries and 3.6 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers (or 194,400) across a wide variety of industries and state and local government jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 

Occupations with the Highest Injury Rate

About 1.18 million injuries that occurred at a U.S. jobsite in 2011 required a day or more away from work, the BLS says. Nearly 20 percent of workplace injuries that required days away from work in 2011 occurred among five occupations:

  • Laborers
  • Nursing aides, orderlies and attendants
  • Janitors and cleaners
  • Heavy truck and tractor-trailer truck drivers
  • Police officers and sheriff’s patrol officers.

Here’s a look at some industry figures from the 2011 reports for Illinois:

Occupation
# Employed
Fatalities
Injury/Illness*
Professional and
business services
824,400
16
1.4
State and local
government
717,900
15
6.0
Retail trade
594,300
12
3.8
Manufacturing
568,300
14
4.4
Leisure and
hospitality
522,400
11
3.9
Wholesale trade
289,200
7
3.2
Transportation
and warehousing
218,200
32
5.4
Construction
202,200
21
2.4
Education and
health services
64,700
8
5.6
Agriculture, forestry
fishing, hunting
11,900
22
5.7
* — Per 100 full-time workers

 

Falls, including slipping and tripping accidents, are a leading cause of workplace injuries and fatalities. Transportation accidents, which include car and truck accidents, as well as accidents involving forklifts or similar vehicles, are another leading cause of job-related injury and death. Another factor not to be overlooked is violence, which is a risk in any job that requires contact with the general public, such as the retail trade. Eleven out of 12 work fatalities in Illinois in 2011 were attributed to violence.

Contact Our Chicago Workplace Accident Lawyers Today

If you’ve been injured or lost a family member in a workplace accident of any kind in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, an experienced workplace accident attorney can help you obtain appropriate compensation and protect your rights. Contact Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., today at our toll-free number or through our online contact form. We can provide a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case. 

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