Do you come from a family with a long line of ancestors who have worked in manufacturing plants through the years? If so, you share your history with thousands of other Illinois residents who have earned incomes in various blue-collar industries for decades. In fact, you may have gone straight to work at a factory right out of high school, thus carrying on a tradition set before you by your parents and grandparents. Hopefully, you've enjoyed a happy, successful career with a steady paycheck.
You may be one of many people in Illinois who grew up here, graduated high school and went to work at a local factory, perhaps the same one in which your father or grandfather worked before you. As your factory-working family members began to age, you may have witnessed a significant decline in their health. In fact, you might currently be experiencing similar adverse symptoms in your own health and wonder if the 10-20 years you've spent at the plant have something to do with it.
Benzene is a chemical used in a number of different industries. Workers in the rubber, steel, oil and gasoline industries are some of the most at risk. Unfortunately, companies do not always provide proper safety measures.