What are Some of the Most Hazardous Jobs?July 31, 2018
Injuries can happen anywhere, at any time. But certain industries tend to be more hazardous than others. Employers have a responsibility to provide safe work environments for all workers, whether they work at a busy construction site, drive a commercial truck, or work in an office setting.
Understanding the potential hazards that are present at a job site can help workers avoid them.
Employees who work in the following industries are more likely to be injured on the job than others:
- Lumberjacks: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), logging workers had the most dangerous job in 2016. There were 91 reported fatalities, most of which resulted from workers falling from trees, or equipment errors.
- Trash Collectors: The BLS reported that trash collectors had the fifth most dangerous job in 2016, with 31 reported deaths. Most fatalities were caused by accidents with machinery, or workers falling off the trucks or getting hit by another vehicle.
- Underwater Welders: A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that welders are 40 percent more likely to die than the average worker, although the study is over 20 years old. Regardless of the study results, working with electricity underwater can be extremely hazardous. There is also the risk of drowning if an accident prevents the worker from being able to get to the surface.
- Roofers: The BLS report named roofing as the job with the fifth highest rate of fatalities in the United States. In 2016, 100 workers died, mostly from falling.
- Structural Iron and Steel Workers: This is the sixth most hazardous job due to the collapsing walls, electrical lines, and swinging objects that can injure workers. Falls are also a common cause of fatal injuries in this field.
- Farmers: Whether milking cows or planting crops, farmers use heavy machinery to help get the job done. These can cause fatal injuries if the machine malfunctions. Sun exposure, chemical hazards, and working with animals can also pose serious risks to farmers.
- Miners: There are numerous hazards that miners face every day, including explosions, exposure to toxic fumes, cave-ins, and chemical leaks.
- Police Officers: While not in the top 10 of the riskiest jobs, police officers face an on-the-job risk that most others do not, which is homicide. In 2016, 51 police officers were the victims of homicide while on the job.
- Truck Drivers: In the United States, truck drivers had a higher number of occupational fatalities than any other occupation. From driving while drowsy to carrying dangerous loads across the country, truck accidents cause devastating, often fatal injuries.
- Construction Workers: From 2015 to 2016, there was a six percent increase in construction fatalities. The BLS report found that the construction industry had the highest number of fatalities in 2016, with 991 deaths.
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If you have been seriously injured on the job, contact the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. Certain jobs put you at greater risk of becoming seriously injured, including the ones listed above. We will obtain the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries and ensure that your rights are protected at all times. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.