Most people might not realize it, but today is actually the 7th annual Construction Safety Day, an initiative sponsored by the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board in Washington state.
Anyone whose job requires them to work in loud conditions knows from firsthand experience just how challenging it can sometimes be to get work done or even communicate with fellow workers. However, a recently released study shows that these loud conditions may actually be putting you at risk of a serious work injury.
Every day, people throughout Chicago take off their coats, pull out their chairs and sit down at their desks for another day of work. This of course means another eight to ten hours spent sitting in front of their computer monitors, pounding away at a keyboard while they prepare reports or enter figures into a spreadsheet.
Hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities are probably not the first places that come to mind when discussing the incidence of serious and debilitating work injuries. However, a recently released report by a renowned research institute suggests that these work environments can actually prove to be rather unsafe for medical professionals.
According to the Handbook on Workers' Compensation and Occupational Diseases by the Illinois Workers' Compensation Committee, work comp benefits are available for any accidents "that arise out of and in the course of employment."
A very interesting legal battle is currently being waged here in Illinois between local municipalities and injured first responders over the issue of reimbursement for medical expenses.
There is no question that police officers have some of the toughest jobs imaginable and that they should be able to rely upon the work comp system to help make ends meet when they suffer serious work-related injuries.