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Category: Workers’ Compensation

Special work injury benefits programs may be available for federal employees, those employed in state and local government positions, railroad workers, seamen, longshoremen, and people engaged in maritime activities. When injured, the employee must determine what regulations apply to his injury and then file a claim with the appropriate program.
Workers in the sanitation industry who ride refuse collection trucks or operate compaction equipment have a higher risk of suffering serious or fatal injuries. Exposure to hazardous substances, equipment malfunctions, and falling off of equipment, becoming entrapped, or getting run over are serious threats in this profession.
When a worker is injured on the job and the employer cannot accommodate the employee’s permanent restrictions, that person may be entitled to vocational rehabilitation. The Illinois Workers Compensation Act specifies provisions for vocational rehabilitation for eligible workers.
Increased silica exposure is causing a surge in the number of coal miners contracting pneumoconiosis, commonly known as black lung disease. Today’s miners are now at a higher risk of developing this condition in a shorter time period than their predecessors.
While equipment and technology are supposed to make farming easier, they have added to the high number of fatalities and serious injuries that occur within the agricultural industry each year. Distraction is a common link in many fatal farm accidents.
Currently, at least 17 injuries a month occur in meat packing plants that require amputations, loss of an eye or hospitalization. These numbers are expected to rise as speed restrictions have been lifted. Why? Because the government’s reasoning that employers will adhere to strict rules for food safety will allow for setting limits on line speeds, which is not always likely.