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).
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:
Here’s a look at some industry figures from the 2011 reports for Illinois:
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|* — 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.
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.