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Understanding the Most Dangerous Jobs
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In Illinois, it’s not uncommon for workers to receive workers’ compensation benefits for injuries or illnesses that occur on the job. But workers in certain professions are more likely to be injured than workers in other industries, with some posing a high risk of severe injury or even death.


Construction work involves various hazardous tasks, such as working with heavy machinery and tools, climbing ladders or scaffolding, using power saws or drills, and handling toxic materials. As a result, workers in this industry are at risk of being injured from falls, being hit by objects, electrocution and other hazards.


Whether workers are operating a tractor-trailer, taxi or bus, they are exposed to potential road dangers. Motor vehicle accidents can cause workers significant physical harm and even death. Drivers need to be especially careful when dealing with inclement weather conditions that may lead to more dangerous roadways.


Working with heavy machinery, welding and operating other equipment can be hazardous for workers if proper safety precautions are not taken. Injuries from manufacturing work may include cuts, burns, fractures and amputations, so it’s no surprise that they’re a leading cause of workers’ compensation claims.


Logging typically involves workers using saws and other equipment to cut down and move trees. Its workers face particular dangers from falling tree branches, rolling logs and heavy machinery. Sometimes workers may get injured by falling from trees or even getting struck by a falling tree.


Mining workers are often exposed to potential hazards such as explosions, cave-ins and toxic exposure. In addition to the physical dangers workers face when entering mines, explosions due to methane gas buildup can cause serious injury and death.


Fishing workers must brave extreme weather conditions and often work in isolated environments. They can get injured from entanglements with equipment or falling overboard. These workers are also exposed to potential injuries from handling sharp objects, hazardous chemicals and heavy loads.

If you work in any of these professions, it is important to take all necessary safety precautions to prevent potential injuries or illnesses. However, it’s also important to remember that workers’ compensation can help workers who experience injury or illness on the job.