It is common knowledge that agriculture is a truly hazardous industry. From interacting with potentially sick or dangerous animals to tending crops in extreme weather conditions, it is – very unfortunately – all too easy to become injured while on the job if your occupation is associated with agriculture.
With that said, the history of agricultural innovation has deep roots in Illinois and it is not uncommon for advances in worker safety to originate in greater Chicagoland and throughout Northern Illinois. These advances may manifest as innovative farm equipment, task-specific safety mechanisms, and even policy shifts that inform industry practices. For example, an alliance between the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois was recently renewed because of the strides that the partnership is making concerning potentially life-threatening occupational hazards within the agricultural industry.
The Purpose of the Alliance
The primary purpose of the alliance concerns hazards within the grain industry. It is understandable that this joint effort is centered on the agricultural industry in Illinois given how much grain production based in the state contributes to the U.S. economy. With that said, the effects of the alliance’s efforts are certainly felt in Wisconsin, Iowa, and throughout the grain-production powerhouse centers of the Midwest and the Plains States.
Specifically, the alliance is concerned with the deadliest hazards facing grain industry workers. These hazards include:
- Falls from great heights
- The risk of engulfment
- Injuries resulting from interaction with conveyance equipment
- Toxic exposure
- Combustible dust
By mitigating these particularly dangerous hazards within the industry, lives can be saved and workers who survive their injuries can be spared life-altering suffering.
Additionally, the very existence of the alliance underscores how hazardous the agricultural industry can be. As agricultural workers tend to be a very tough bunch of individuals, formally acknowledging that their jobs are dangerous may help to inspire them to seek help in the event that they sustain occupational harm.
Connect With a Skilled Chicago Work Injury Lawyer Today for Personalized guidance
Whether you work in agriculture or construction, hospitality or finance, if you’ve suffered harm while on the job, it is vitally important that you reach out to the focused team of workers’ compensation attorneys at Anesi Ozmon, LTD. in order to protect your rights and preserve your options. Submitting a workers’ compensation claim for benefits is a notoriously time-sensitive undertaking. By being as proactive as you can, you’ll better ensure that you receive the full amount of compensation to which you are entitled.
It is also worth noting that our firm’s attorneys have been safeguarding the interests of injured workers in Illinois via personal injury lawsuits since 1955 in addition to providing workers’ compensation representation. Therefore, if your injurious circumstances give rise to a cause of action, we can assist you with pursuing damages against a negligent, reckless, or intentionally dangerous third party. To get started, you can either call us at (312) 313-5011 or connect with our firm online. We look forward to hearing your story and assisting you with your needs at this time.