While there is some degree of risk in almost all occupations, some hold more potential dangers than others. For example, those who deal with heavy machinery may have a higher risk of becoming injured than those who work at a computer. Regardless of the type of occupation, states such as Illinois require employers to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits to help in the event an employee suffers a workplace injury. One out-of-state man will likely need such benefits after a serious accident caused the loss of his arm.
Seeing construction underway may be a sign of a positive economy in some areas of Illinois. Construction workers are hired and paid to build the building, in addition to the possibility of a new business that may create new jobs. However, the potential dangers that face those involved with the construction phase of a project are often overlooked. Unfortunately, two out-of-state men are facing the realities of these dangers after they suffered a workplace injury in an accident at a construction site.
Despite the many safeguards that an employer might put in place, there are a variety of different workplace injuries that a worker in Illinois may face. Many people automatically think of safety violations or serious falls when they think of a workplace injury. However, a person's life can be seriously impacted by a much more subtle form of an injury -- repetitive motion injuries.
People in Illinois who have been to the circus likely have strong memories of their experiences. These memories generally relate to the sights, smells and food they experience there. However, most members of the circus audience do not realize the serious danger performers place themselves in everyday. For example, eight performers were injured in a recent circus performance, two of them suffering a serious spine injury.