Depending on the work environment, employees in Illinois may face various workplace hazards. Employees of a grocery store could be injured by falling merchandise or a slick floor, while construction workers may face dangers from faulty tools or large equipment. No matter the environment or injury, employees who have suffered a workplace injury face the possibility of financial devastation on top of their physical ailments.
Landmark Services Cooperative focuses on agricultural-based products and services in both Illinois and one other state. One of Landmark’s out-of-state workers was seriously injured when an explosion rocked a grain elevator. Officials aren’t sure why the elevator exploded or where the employee was at the time of the incident.
The extent of the employee’s injuries are also unclear, although it is believed that he suffered substantial burns before being taken to the hospital for treatment. Additionally, as the company continues to investigate the explosion, the grain elevator will be shut down for repairs. The grain elevator is likely to be out of operation for quite a while.
Burns can be difficult and painful to recover from, particularly when the job that they were incurred at may have required extensive physical movement. Recovery may be slow and painful, and in some instances damaged nerves may never fully recover. The burn victim of Illinois-based Landmark may soon be facing an onslaught of medical bills, which can be complicated if he remains out of work for recovery. Workers’ compensation can be crucial to the overall recovery from a workplace injury, as it can ensure that an injured employee is adequately covered for lost wages and related medical bills.
Source: channel3000.com, “Employee injured in grain elevator explosion, officials say“, , Sept. 24, 2014