There is a certain amount of danger that is inevitable in any job. Whether people are teachers, nurses or construction workers, each industry has its own unique set of risks that they must account for every day. It is important to be aware of the hazards that exist on any given job site to avoid injury. Some jobs are simply more dangerous than others, though, and put workers at an increased risk.
The following are the top three most dangerous jobs in the United States. If a worker has sustained an injury while working at one of these or any other position, he or she should see a doctor immediately and consider pursuing legal recourse.
1. Logging worker
Logging ranks as the top most dangerous job in America for a number of reasons. Tragically, it boasts the highest fatality rate of any industry, and there are also many injuries that occur on logging sites. According to AOL, the annual death rate for loggers is double that of the second most dangerous profession. Much of the risk comes from the equipment loggers use to harvest trees. These tools minimize risk but still are not always sufficient in protecting against the weight and momentum of trees.
2. Professional fisherman
Statistics show that fishermen are engaged in the second most dangerous occupation in the nation. It is easy to see why. Fishermen must venture into the open sea and combat dangerous weather and risky equipment in pursuit of a lucrative catch. As a result, the death rate for this industry is alarmingly high, and so is the frequency of injuries.
3. Pilot and airline worker
Pilots and airline workers are also at an increased risk of injury and death. There are plenty of exposure hazards up in the air—or even on the ground. In addition to the general risk of crashes and equipment failure, workers on aircraft may experience harmful fumes and chemicals onboard.