Back in November 2011, much of the United States watched in stunned disbelief as student protestors taking part in a peaceful demonstration at the University of California-Davis were hit directly in the face with a large cloud of pepper spray from a canister wielded by a campus police officer.
If you drive outside the city limits of Chicago, you will no doubt be amazed at how quickly the landscape transforms from urban to rural. In fact, you may not realize that we have a thriving agricultural industry here in Illinois with farmers growing all kinds of crops from bell peppers and asparagus to apples and peaches.
For all the toughness, determination, and strength that professional football exudes, it is becoming more and more apparent to players, coaches, fans, and doctors that the hard-hitting game can cause serious head injuries that themselves frequently attribute to unforeseen mental health problems.
Few, if any, work environments are as potentially dangerous as a construction site. Workers, technicians, drivers, and foreman alike are often surrounded with equipment and exposure to heat, electricity, and heights-any of which could lead to a serious injury or potential death if things go wrong. This risk is only exacerbated if managers and employers in charge of a construction site show negligence or willful disregard for safety.