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How will workers' compensation deal with marijuana use?

Although only medical marijuana use is currently legal in Illinois, there is growing support for recreational use as well. However, many questions are being asked about the impact this will have on workplace safety. How will business owners and their workers' compensation insurers deal with work injury claims filed by users of cannabis?

UV radiation causes skin cancer and substantial medical expenses

Illinois employees in all occupations that involve outdoor work or exposure to the UV radiation of the sun may not realize the risk of skin cancer. Such an occupational disease can lead to significant health problems, medical expenses and lost income. It is not only landscapers, postal workers, construction workers and other outdoor workers who are at risk but also drivers who spend many hours exposed to the sun through the side windows of their vehicles.

A dropped tool can cause a deadly workplace injury

Any Illinois workers who move about below others at higher levels will be at risk of being struck by falling tools. Even a small tool dropped from a significant height can cause a deadly workplace injury. However, it is not only workers on high-altitude work sites such as scaffolds and masts that must take care. Those on elevated areas of warehouses and other workplaces also have to be careful.

Can artificial intelligence make work injury a thing of the past?

If artificial intelligence can prevent car accidents, then why can it not be used to avoid workplace accidents? An author who calls himself a futurist told audiences at the recent American Society of Safety Professionals' (ASSP) Safety 2018 Conference and Exposition that AI, machine learning and automation will revolutionize employee safety in the 21st century. Will this mean that a work injury becomes an anomaly? Will safety officials and employees in Illinois and other states embrace such safety protocols?

Workers' comp will cover medical expenses for heat illness

Every summer, workers nationwide, including some in Illinois, suffer heat-related illnesses. Heat stroke can be a life-threatening condition, and the resulting medical expenses and lost wages can adversely impact a victim's financial stability. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have developed a tool that might keep workers safe who are exposed to summer heat.

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