Workers face many risks on the job, even if they are in a profession that is considered relatively safe. Minimizing these hazards has to be a priority for employers and employees alike. Ultimately, the employees will count on the employers to ensure that they have what they need to stay out of harm's way.
As a construction worker in Illinois, you probably know that you have a dangerous job. But did you know that in 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that greater than 9 percent of the 3.3 million reports of nonfatal injuries and illnesses were made by construction workers? With many other industries only making up one percent or less of these reports, this is a significant amount of incidents from one source.
People often think that working in offices are "cushy jobs" that don't face any risks. They do have some very real hazards, though. For employers, setting a safety plan to minimize risks is necessary. On top of this, employees need to take steps to increase safety. Still, the responsibility falls on the employer to ensure that things are being done properly and that workers have the required tools to get their job duties done.
There is no question that commercial trucking is a difficult and demanding career. Commercial drivers often have to work incredibly long shifts, potentially without any direct human interaction four hours at a time. Additionally, they often need to load and unload merchandise or supplies onto trailers, which can cause joint damage and back pain.
When most people think about distracted driving, they imagine a reckless motorist texting behind the wheel. While this does occur, and more often than we'd like to think, we don't always remember the cognitive distractions that can be just as dangerous.
Getting injured at work is often a stressful and frustrating experience. You may feel completely disempowered by your injury and your experience. You can't just ignore an injury unless you want to risk it getting worse. Instead, you have to follow the orders of your doctor, which could include rest or missing out on work or favorite activities.
Driving is a daily activity that requires focus and good hand-eye coordination. Small mistakes by a driver can have catastrophic results for that person and anyone else in their vehicle. Focus on the task at hand is paramount to safely arriving at your destination.