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Beware of These Hazards in the Workplace

On Behalf of The Law Offices of Goldfine & Bowles, P.C.

February 29, 2024

Every workplace exposes its employees to potential hazards and injuries, just some more than others. Employers are legally required to make a workplace safe and free from accidents. In Illinois, there could even be consequences if an employer or company fails to uphold these standards. Almost everyone has had a job at one point of another in their life, and to keep safe, it’s important to learn more about what you need to be on the lookout for in case you find yourself in this situation.

1. Exposure to harmful substances or environments

The people who are most in danger of this hazard are healthcare and social assistance workers. People who suffer from an injury or sickness due to this hazard average thirteen days off work for recovery. Let’s say you have a job as a painter. Technically, some paints can be hazardous to our lungs. Your employer should have guidelines in place that require you to wear protective equipment, in this place it would perhaps be a mask or respirator, in order to avoid sickness or damage. Workplace accidents are also common in the factory and industrial environments.  

2. Overexertion or bodily reaction

Many people do not stop when their body tells them to; therefore, they can suffer from these injuries. The most common injury sustained from overexertion or bodily reaction is hurt back. People aged 45-64 who work in transportation and warehousing are in the greatest danger of this type of hazard in the workplace. People who suffer from this injury average fourteen days off work to recover. 

3. Slips, trips, and falls

These types of accidents account for injuries of 21.7 out of every 10,000 workers. Ages 55 and older are most prone to suffer from an injury related to slips, trips, or falls. People who work in transportation, warehousing, and agriculture are at the highest risk for a slip, trip, or fall injury. The typical amount of time required off work to recover from this type of injury is about fourteen days. The most common injuries suffered are sprains, strains, or tears.

Contact an Illinois Workplace Injury Attorney

You deserve compensation for your losses if you suffer from a workplace injury. A work injury hurts you not only physically but also financially. With thousands of claims under our belts, we are equipped to help you obtain the insurance benefits you deserve. Contact our team to schedule your free initial consultation.