As a major city and a transportation hub for the Midwest, Chicago has a variety of types of industry employing countless workers in jobs involving heavy or dangerous equipment. Expand out to the surrounding environs in Illinois, and you find people working in agriculture with tractors, threshers, or other pieces of farming equipment that can present a risk of serious injury when something goes wrong.
There are numerous state and federal regulations governing workplace safety, particularly with regard to heavy or dangerous machinery. But regulations aren’t always followed, and accidents sometimes happen even when rules are followed to the letter. The wrong combination of relatively fragile human bodies and large or sharp moving parts can lead to crushed or lost extremities or limbs, severe burns, or head or back injuries — any of which can mean permanent disability.
In Illinois, when you’re injured on the job — such as having your hand caught in a punch press — you may be eligible for workers compensation benefits regardless of whether anyone is at fault for your injury, or even if you are at fault for your own injury. Workers compensation is a no-fault system that only requires that you demonstrate that you were injured in the course of your employment. When you file a workers compensation claim, you may be eligible for benefits including:
- Paid medical care for treatment of your work-related injuries
- Temporary partial or total disability payments
- Permanent partial or total disability payments
- Paid vocational retraining
If you are the family member of a worker who was killed in a workplace accident, you may be eligible to collect workers compensation death benefits.
The prospect of trying to navigate the workers compensation bureaucracy, or potentially facing off against your employer when you file a claim, may be daunting when you’re still recovering from your injuries. An experienced Chicago workers compensation attorney can help you through the claims process and advocate on your behalf for a fair and equitable settlement or decision at arbitration. An attorney can take over the burden of gathering medical records and other documents to support your claim, and get your claim moving through the system so that you can focus on healing and getting back to work.
Common Types of Machines Involved in Accidents
Injuries involving heavy or dangerous machinery are among the most common giving rise to workers compensation claims. The following list is just a sample of some of the kinds of machines people work with on a regular basis that can cause serious injuries when equipment fails, safety protocols aren’t in place, or an accident otherwise happens:
- Power Presses
- Drill Presses
- Conveyor Belts
- Food Slicers
- Grinding Machines
- Farm Equipment
- Trash Compactors
- Power Tools
- Cherry Pickers
Common Types of Machine Accident Injuries
The ways a worker can get hurt by a piece of heavy or dangerous equipment are as varied as the types of equipment themselves. Machines with pinch points, wrap points, or crush points can catch hands, arms, or clothing when guards aren’t in place or lock in-lock out protocols aren’t followed when a worker performs maintenance or repairs. If a hand slips while operating sharp-edged or cutting machines there could be serious lacerations or even amputation. Some machines could throw objects that could cause serious head, chest, or back injuries depending upon the size of the object and force at which it is thrown. Loose wires or unprotected power sources can cause electrocution.
Any of the following types of injuries are possible when dealing with heavy or dangerous equipment, and any of these can result in lasting injuries or disability.