If you work in an industry in Illinois that poses significant risks to your life and safety, you will be glad to know that current data shows a reduction in on-the-job accidents in this state from previous years. This is great news for all workers but especially so if you are a construction worker or work in commercial fishing, agriculture or some other inherently dangerous industry.
Workplace fatalities are always tragic, and it is good to know ahead of time where to turn for support if a loved one has died while carrying out his or her work duties. In fact, the workers’ compensation program makes benefits available to grieving families who have lost a loved one in a workplace accident.
Transportation workplace fatalities in Illinois
No matter what type of job you have, no workplace setting is foolproof against accidents. Along with the above-mentioned industries, transportation also sees its share of work-related injuries and fatalities.
While the overall rate of fatalities associated with transportation in the workplace has declined in recent years, it remains a fact that most workplace fatalities occur in connection with moving vehicles in some way. Another area of concern is fatalities associated with slips and falls, which can occur indoors or outdoors at a job location.
Men are more at risk for workplace fatalities than women
Statistics show that more than 90% of workplace fatalities in Illinois and throughout the country involve male workers. If you happen to be a male between the ages of 25 and 54, you are in the highest-risk group. Staying informed regarding safety guidelines that are relevant to your job and adhering to all company policies and state regulations can help you lower your risk and avoid workplace accidents.
Your employer is obligated to help you stay safe at work
Whether you work at a cash register in a grocery store or on a highway construction site, your employer is obligated to provide proper training and any available equipment to help you stay safe on the job. If your employer fails in this duty, you are at greater risk for injuries, including workplace fatalities.
If you have suffered the tragic loss of a loved one in a workplace accident, there may be financial support available to you through your loved one’s workers’ compensation benefits. Navigating the system during a time of grief can be particularly stressful. However, additional support is available through the legal system.