Posted On: March 11, 2011 by Steven J. Malman

Low-Wage Workers in Chicago Face Safety Hazards on the Job, Says Survey

Arise Chicago says that many low-wage workers in the area are not given the proper training and equipment to do their jobs. This results in unhealthy work environments and preventable work injuries—a finding that greatly disturbs our Chicago workers’ compensation law firm.

Per a survey of 200 workers, conducted by the non-profit advocate for low-wage employees:

• Over 20% of low-wage workers have gotten sick or were hurt on the job.
• Over 20% had been exposed to work hazards
• Nearly 1/3rd were never properly trained
• More than 50% were unfamiliar with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Most of the survey participants work in restaurants, construction, maintenance, and cleaning. Almost all of them were Hispanic.

State law requires employers to provide employees with Illinois workers’ compensation for work injuries and illnesses. That said, this doesn’t mean that workers shouldn’t receive the proper training and safety equipment to do their job. They should also be allowed to work in a healthy, clean, and safe environment free that is from hazards and toxic substances.

Employees cannot sue their employer for Chicago personal injury. In many cases, their work injury benefits is all that they have to cover medical expenses and support them while they take time off work—or, in some cases involving catastrophic injuries, when they they can no longer hold a job. Workers should be apprised of their right to Illinois workers’ compensation benefits in the event of injury, illness, or death.

Our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers are here to make sure that our clients obtain all of the work injury benefits that they are owed. Unfortunately, an employer’s insurer may try to deny, delay, or pay an injured worker less than what/she is entitled to get. We are here to make sure that our clients receive everything that they are owed.

Safety Hazards Plague Low-Wage Workers, Progress Illinois, March 10, 2011


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Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

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