On-the-job danger in Chicago and throughout Illinois

On behalf of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC posted in Wrongful Death on Wednesday, October 17, 2012

“Chicago Code” was a short-lived TV drama that showed how dangerous life is for Chicago cops fighting crime and corruption. The show debuted in February of last year and was canceled a couple of months later. This year, TV has given us “Chicago Fire,” a show chronicling the dangers of firefighting in the Windy City.

However, the most recent numbers available from the Illinois Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses shows that the most dangerous jobs in the state are not police officers or firefighters. Instead, the occupations with the highest number of workplace deaths are trucking and farming.

The careers with the most occupational fatalities were transportation (trucking), management (includes farming), construction, sales-related occupations and then protective services.

This isn’t to suggest we shouldn’t all be grateful to the men and women who don police and firefighting uniforms. It’s simply to note that even though those brave people risk it all to protect society, there are occupations which are even more dangerous.

In 2010, there were 203 injury-related workplace deaths in the state, up 28 percent from the 158 fatalities the year before.

A spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Public Health said the work-related fatalities in 2009 was “an abnormally low number” that might have been due in part to a down economy in which there was less construction and perhaps less trucking as well.

The overwhelming majority of workplace deaths involve men: 92.1 percent of the victims are male, even though they comprise just a bit more than 50 percent of the workforce.

The Department of Public Health spokesperson said that’s due to the fact that the most dangerous industries are “dominated by men.”

In far too many cases, workers are killed on the job because an employer disregards safety rules or laws. In those situations, many families of victims seek legal justice on behalf of their lost loved ones with the aid of an experienced wrongful death attorney.

Source: redeyechicago.com, “The most dangerous jobs in Chicago–and the state,” Oct. 16, 2012

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