In Illinois, injured workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for injuries suffered on the job or otherwise “in the course of employment.” An injury sustained while clocked in at work is a pretty clear case of eligibility for benefits, but injuries in other contexts are less obvious.
The Mighty Mississippi separates Illinois and Missouri. The waterway doesn't stand as a barrier to travel between the two states most of the year; spring flooding time being the exception to the rule, perhaps. Generally, those who live on one side of the river and work on the other think little about making the daily commute.
A recent study underscores the high level of danger that tow truck workers can face on the job.
Sanitation workers can face significant safety risks when performing their duties. This includes risks of getting harmed by distracted drivers when out on their pickup routes. Just how high danger levels can get for such workers can be seen in federal workplace fatality data.
Not all workers are on a traditional work schedule. The need to provide services all day and night is present in many industries, and shift work is often used to meet this need. Doing shift work is very common in the United States. It is estimated that around 15 million Americans are shift workers in some regard.
Slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents are among the most disabling workplace accidents. According to a 2018 workplace safety index by Liberty Mutual insurance, these accidents are the second most common on-the-job accident causing disability. Slips and trips without falling can also injure workers and ranked No. 7 on the list.
Facing the prospect of filing a workers' compensation insurance claim to recover benefits is one of those things that can elicit a heavy sigh. No matter how solid you believe your claim to be, you may feel you will have to fight for every bit of compensation you get. In the end, questions may linger about whether you lost out on any benefits because you just didn't know the system.
Technology could lead to many new tools coming into the workplace. One such emerging tool is the exoskeleton. Broadly speaking, industrial exoskeletons are devices that are designed to work in tandem with a worker’s body to help the worker with physical tasks. They can be powered or passive. Also, they can vary in size and in the types of physical tasks they are aimed at helping workers with.
While often much-maligned in everyday conversation, road construction plays a major role in keeping our state’s roads safe and in good operation. So, those who work in road construction provide society with a very important service. One would hope such workers would have as safe of a work environment as possible when doing this.
Striking a good work-life balance is a challenge. Self-employed individuals in the St. Louis region might find it easier to find the middle ground than hired workers, but the digital age offers hope for change. Many employers, recognizing that finding and keeping good people requires some flexibility, now allow some employees to work from home. So, what are the workers' compensation coverage challenges in this scenario?